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dis·charge (DC),

1. That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
2. The activation or firing of a neuron.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
2. To release a patient from custody or care.
3. To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
n. (dĭs′chärj′, dĭs-chärj′)
1. The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
2. A substance that is excreted or secreted.
3. The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.
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noun Any material released in effluents, generally of human origin; often organic or toxic waste.
verb A generic term for the release of materials (e.g., radioactive, biohazardous waste) and sundry anthropogenic detritus in effluents to the air, water, or sanitary facilities.
Managed care
verb To formally terminate a person’s care in and release them from a hospital or healthcare facility.

noun A secretion or material eliminated from a wound or orifice.
verb To release a secretion or material from a wound or orifice.

noun A term defined in the UK for the formal end of an episode of care.
Types of discharge
Day-case discharge, day-patient discharge, inpatient discharge, outpatient discharge.

(1) To formally end an episode of care.
(2) To formally end surveillance of a patient who was previously diagnosed with and treated for a condition, and who no longer requires surveillance.

See Menstrual discharge.
A stoma’s output.
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Managed care verb (pron. dis charj´) To formally terminate a person's care in, and releasing from, a hospital or health care facility. See Complex repetitive discharge. Cf Admit Medtalk. noun (pron. dis´ charj) A secretion or material eliminated from a wound or orifice. See Autogenic discharge, Nipple discharge, Prune juice discharge, Vaginal discharge verb To release a secretion or material from a wound or orifice.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(DC) (dis'chahrj)
1. That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
2. The activation or firing of a neuron.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


An abnormal outflow of body fluid, most commonly of pus mixed with normal secretions, or of normal secretions in abnormal amount. Discharge may occur from any body orifice or from a wound.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about discharge

Q. is there cause for alarm if i have a white thick discharge?

A. Hello, ruffdee, if the discharge is white, and NOT causing any itchy feeling, burn sensation, and not smelly, it probably still is in normal range.
But once you feel itchy, burning, its color turns yellowish or greenish, and it has bad smell, it might be a sign for an infection, and it is recommended then you to find a doctor to get the specific therapy to cure the infection.
"Stay healthy always.."

Q. if you've had rough sex can bleeding accur a day or two later and have a smelly discharge?

A. it is very possible to happen like that. a rough sex will most likely cause trauma in the mucosa (either it is vaginal mucosa or anal mucosa), and the bleeding can happen even after a day or two.
if you're experiencing smelly discharge, be aware of the possibility of genital infection, that's why I'll recommend you to go to a doctor to get checked, and then get the specific therapy for that.

if it is happened that you're getting genital infection, you would probably inform your sex-partner and encourage your partner to seek the same medical advice.

Stay healthy always...

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Prior studies confirmed the significant effect of early discharge preparation process on decreased hospital length of stay (LOS) as well as post-discharge readmission and mortality (Fox et al., 2013; Sheppard et al., 2013).
"We can transport 10 yards of concrete in our front discharge mixers, regardless of whether the trucks are navigating the hilly roads or the flat valley areas," adds Silva, citing the potential to significantly increase the amount of material delivered per truck each day.
The present study was thus carried out to study various etiologies of vaginal discharge in females of all age groups presenting to the Dermatology Outpatient department in a tertiary care hospital in North India.
On discharge summaries completed by the hospital staff, we determined whether information was appropriately completed/ recorded in the following fields: (i) patient identifiers (first name, surname, gender, hospital number, and dates of birth, admission, and discharge or death); (ii) outcome of hospitalisation; (iii) details of doctor completing the summary (name, signature and date of completion of summary); (iv) HIV status (HIV exposure, and CD4+ and viral load results for infected children); (v) anthropometric status (admission weight and length/height, presence of nutritional oedema, and discharge weight); (vi) ICD-10 codes for children diagnosed with any form of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) (e.g.
We have assumed that the resistance [R.sub.load] (that take into account not only the resistance of the electric spark load, but the active resistance of the circuit wires) remains unchanged during the discharge, but could change discontinuously between the discharges.
LEONES added that a discharge permit is important in determining the volume of wastewater to be discharged by a particular establishment.
* Discharge under other-than-honorable conditions or undesirable discharge
According to him, he started examining the discharge orders and bail orders on the request of the journalist and decided to go deeper in the case seeing the high number of discharge orders.
The analysis for the study looked at the correlation of operational length of stay, defined as the time from admission to discharge, with the three leading metrics.
If you need help with a discharge review, please contact your local DAV national service officer, dav.org/veterans/find-your-local-office.