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func·tion·al ca·pac·i·ty

(fungk'shŭn-ăl kă-pas'i-tē)
The extent to which a person can increase exercise intensity and maintain increased levels, dependent largely on cardiovascular fitness.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

functional capacity

1. In cardiovascular medicine, the ability of a person to perform aerobic work during maximum oxygen intake.
2. The largest amount of urine a patient can comfortably hold before feeling the urge to urinate. It may be estimated by recording how much urine a patient voids on each occasion during a two- or three-day period. The largest volume is the called the functional bladder capacity.
See also: capacity
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The Allophanic soils had 35-92% greater functional capacity than the other soil types when the treatments (P < 0.05; Table 2).
Thirty-one new cases of dependent elderly for functional capacity were identified in a population of 202 follow-up elderly.
There is a lack of studies aiming to evaluate quality of life and functional capacity in institutionalized elderly persons with dizziness complaints.
The longer it takes a patient to perform the test, the worst their functional capacity. Two tests were performed and separated by at least 30 minutes of rest, and the best performance was considered.
These altered structural and physiological changes associated with the kidney disease result in muscle weakness, poor functional capacity, and low exercise tolerance (13).
Significant gains in functional capacity were well above the minimum (15 to 20 metres).[sup.14] Although the possible mechanism underlying the improvement in functional capacity is unclear, physical exercise may have played a major role, together with the ingestion of whey protein within "the anabolic window of opportunity" following exercise.
In 1983, the Polinsky Functional Capacity Assessment was the first widely available commercial FCE and, in the late 1980s, Blankenship FCEs became available.
Conclusion: Our findings show that replacement with 21 mm and 23 mm mechanical prosthesis provides a significant improvement in regression of symptoms and increase of functional capacity in young adults in early and mid-period without increasing mortality and morbidity.
It led to an improvement in pain, fatigue, functional capacity and function with no deleterious effects or aggravation of symptoms, thus supporting the use of exercise regimens in PPS.
In case of functional capacity assessment, most reports concern long-term period after the operation (longterm outcome), for example, 3, 6, and 12 months or even several years after surgery (Al-Khindi, Macdonald, & Schweizer, 2010; Frazer, Ahuja, Wattdns, & Cipolotti, 2007; Hackett, & Anderson, 2000; Koivisto et al., 2000).
Using the functional capacity, we assume that the current maximum flow is denoted by x = [{[x.sub.ij]}.sub.(i,j)[member of]A] and generates the residual network G(x).
With ageing, the functional capacity of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory system progressively starts to diminish, and this leads to an increased risk of frailty.

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