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1. the governing or limitation of certain objects, events, or physical responses.
2. a standard against which experimental observations may be evaluated, as a procedure identical to the experimental procedure except for the absence of the one factor being studied.
3. conscious restraint and regulation of impulses and suppression of instincts and affects.
4. a patient or group differing from the case or treated group under study by lacking the disease or by having a different or absent treatment or regimen. The controls and subjects usually otherwise have certain similarities to allow or enhance comparison between them.
automatic brightness control an automated exposure device used in radiology; it senses light and adjusts itself to produce a predetermined fluoroscopic density.
automatic exposure control a timer by which the exposure of x-ray film is determined by the radiographer but the length of exposure is determined by the equipment.
aversive control in behavior therapy, the use of unpleasant stimuli to change undesirable behavior.
birth control see birth control.
hemorrhage control in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as reduction or elimination of rapid and excessive blood loss.
infection control see infection control.
infection control: intraoperative in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as preventing nosocomial infection in the operating room.
motor control the generation and coordination of movement patterns to produce function; it may either control movements of the body in space or stabilize the body in space. See also postural control.
postural control motor control that stabilizes the body in space by integrating sensory input about body position (somatosensory, visual, and vestibular input) with motor output to coordinate the action of muscles and keep the body's center of mass within its base of support. An important aspect of postural control is the righting reactions. Called also balance.
stimulus control any influence exerted by the environment on behavior.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. To regulate, restrain, correct, or restore to normal.
2. Ongoing operations or programs aimed at reducing a disease.
3. Members of a comparison group who differ in disease experience or allocation to a regimen from the subjects of a study.
4. In statistics, to adjust or take into account extraneous influences.
5. A necessary aspect of an experiment serving as a standard of comparison. A control differs from other aspects of an experiment by a single variable.
6. The regulation of a biochemical process, system, pathway, or reaction.
[Mediev. L. contrarotulum, a counterroll for checking accounts, fr. L. rotula, dim. of rota, a wheel]
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1. To verify or regulate a scientific experiment by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.
2. To hold in restraint; check.
3. To reduce or prevent the spread of.
1. A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.
2. An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a scientific experiment, as a group of subjects given an inactive substance in an experiment testing a new drug administered to another group of subjects.
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noun A comparator against which a therapy in a clinical trial is evaluated—e.g., concurrent controls (placebo, no treatment, dose-response, active) or external controls (historical, published literature and meta-analysis).

The trial protocol incorporates scientific rationale for selecting the comparator and describes how it serves as a reference point for evaluation.

noun The processes or operations intended to ensure authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of electronic records.
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Clinical research Control subject A nontreated or 'negative' individual in a study who serves as a reference. See Concurrent nonrandomized control, Control population, Control subject, Historical control Epidemiology In a case-control study, a comparison group of persons without disease Lab medicine A specimen with known or standardized values for an analyte, that is processed in tandem with an unknown specimen; the 'control' specimen is either known to have the substance being analyzed, ie 'positive' control or known to lack the substance of interest, ie 'negative' control. See Negative control, Positive control, Quality control Psychology The degree to which a person can limit or modify verbal or physical responses to external stimuli. See Administrative control, Impulse control.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. (v.) To regulate, restrain, correct, restore to normal.
2. (n.) Ongoing operations or programs aimed at reducing a disease.
3. (n.) Members of a comparison group who differ in disease experience or allocation to a regimen from the subjects of a study.
4. (v). statistics To adjust or take into account extraneous influences.
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  1. an experiment carried out to afford a standard of comparison for other experiments, e.g. where the effect of a nutrient substance on a plant is being tested, control plants are grown in exactly similar conditions but without the addition of the nutrient substance.
  2. (also calledpara population control) the limitation by man of numbers of harmful plants or animals by artificial means, e.g. spraying with chemicals, poisoning, shooting or by seminatural means such as BIOLOGICAL CONTROL. See also REGULATION (2).
  3. (control system) a system that regulates a chemical process such as thyroxine production. See FEEDBACK MECHANISM.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


To regulate, restrain, correct, or restore to normal.
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* Test Controls: Key controls identified for each process should be tested at a minimum on an annual basis.
In 2004, most companies did not implement new systems during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, because controls would have to be documented and tested before fiscal year-end.
It was ratified by process, operations and controls people prior to any detailed engineering.
404 compliance services include The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations' Internal Control-Integrated Framework and Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies.
Next, the university should determine whether its control procedures are preventive or detective controls.
Managing Multiple Classroom AV Systems Control via IP AV systems for classrooms and lecture halls are likely duplicated throughout a school or the entire campus.
After solving the problems of propulsion and lift, the control of an aircraft was the third and possibly greatest challenge the Wright Brothers faced in conquering the air (Figure 1).
Although the practice of dentistry does not easily lend itself to administrative controls, changing the timing of some tasks could reduce the number of employees who are potentially exposed to a hazard.

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