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(el'ĕ-vā'shŭn), [TA]
1. Synonym(s): torus (1)
2. The act of assuming or being raised to an elevated position, as in elevation of the pupil (directing the gaze upward); the movement produced by a levator.


Etymology: L, elevare, to lift
a raised area, or point of greater height.


(el'ĕ-vā'shŭn) [TA]
Synonym(s): torus (2) .
Upward movement of a limb or body part


1. A raised area that protrudes above the surrounding area.
2. The measured distance above a fixed object, e.g., the distance above sea level, or above a fixed anatomic structure.
3. The rise of a physiological variable above normal, e.g., in ophthalmology, the rise in intraocular pressure above what is healthy or normal; in serology, an increase in the level of an electrolyte or other blood test result.

S-T segment elevation

The height of the ST segment of an electrocardiogram relative to a level line that can be drawn between the preceding P-R interval and the subsequent T-P interval. S-T segment elevation in two or more contiguous leads of the electrocardiogram is one of the diagnostic criteria for acute myocardial infarction.

tactile elevation

A small raised area of the palm and sole that contains a cluster of nerve endings.
See: Shoulder Elevation

Patient discussion about elevation

Q. My wife(53) has elevated CEA and CA19.9 levels - near 150, without any concomitant reason/observation? Comment

A. Hi Bobby3,

The most important question is why were these tests done?
An elevated level may result from many causes, some of them are simple and some are more problematic. IMHO the best thing would be consulting her doctor to consider the need to check-up her alimentary system.
You can read more here (http://www.ascocancerfoundation.org/patient/ASCO+Resources/Patient+Guides/ASCO+Patient+Guide:+Tumor+Markers+for+Gastrointestinal+Cancers) and here (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/tumor-markers)

Q. high ESR levels? i had ESR test done after complaining of weakness, repeated upper respiratory infection, fever and weight loss. my ESR rate is extremely high 120 a week ago and today 114. chest x-ray negative, stomach Ultra Sound negative, other test relatively ok.... Any suggestions?

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2006; Mena and Medellin, 2010); however, this hypothesis has not been tested rigorously along elevational gradients.
Blake and Loiselle (2000) analyzed changes in avian structure along an elevational gradient (from 50 to 2 000 m) in the Caribbean slope of Braulio Carrillo and La Selva Biological Station over one year.
Across our sampling sites, the elevational changes of MAT and MAP were significantly decreased, while UV-B increased remarkably with increasing elevations (Fig.
Other climate-induced changes may have even more effect on the elevational distribution of birds in the region.
Climatic, biological, and historical factors have been suggested as causes of variation in species richness along elevational gradients (Rahbek 1997, Sanders et al.
2005) found no significant effect of elevation on spider abundance (measured as activity) along an elevational gradient in Crete.
These comparisons allowed us to ascertain the similarity between estimates for a similar elevational zone (Montana; Swenson et al.
An empirical test of Rapoport's rule: elevational gradients in montane butterfly communities.
Geographic Variables Blackbrush Elevational range (m) 1,160 to 1,830 Latitudinal range (N) 35[degrees]04' to 41[degrees]15' Longitudinal range (W) 114[degrees]01' to 118[degrees]55' Geographic zone Inland Geographic Variables Mojave Desert Elevational range (m) Below 1,525 Latitudinal range (N) 33[degrees]10' to 38[degrees]21' Longitudinal range (W) 113[degrees]30' to 117[degrees]04' Geographic zone Inland Geographic Variables Chaparral Elevational range (m) Below 1,830 Latitudinal range (N) 32[degrees]05' to 35[degrees]06' Longitudinal range (W) 116[degrees]17' to 124[degrees]44' Geographic zone Coastal Table 4.
Birds from all elevational zones sampled were infected, although not all parasite genera were present in each zone.