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Knowledge; a collection of facts or data.
[L. informo, to shape or fashion]


(in″fŏr-mā′shŏn) [L. informatio, idea, conception]
1. Data that are interpreted, organized, structured, and given meaning.
2. A message from a sender to one or more receivers.


n 1. coherent, data-bearing pattern that can be separated from its medium of transmission.
2. concept in meridian based psychotherapy, which posits that information manifests as a function of shape and structure; also believed to be a demonstration of the reality of energy and energy fields.


1. data which has intrinsic value.
2. changes occurring in central neurons as a result of stimuli received from sensory neurons. The signals received are coded, selected, with some being discarded and some stored, analyzed and compared with similar data stored in memory, after packing and merging.

information evaluation
an essential step to avoid unnecessary storage and the utilization of erroneous information in drawing conclusions. The rating will depend on whether the information is experimentally derived, obtained by clinical experience, or procedures in between. It is necessary in many situations to utilize information with a low rating because of a lack of availability of better information. There must necessarily be a lower level of certainty in the conclusions based on such material.
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The greater the proportion of new members, and the less the information of the bulk of the members the more apt will they be to fall into the snares that may be laid for them.
The reply satisfied their scruples, while the information they imparted excited the surprise and admiration of Mr.
Nowhere along the way, however, could he gain definite information that might assure him positively that the child was ahead of him.
Just one more little payment," continued Rokoff, "and the papers I wish, and you have my word of honor that I shall never ask another cent from you, or further information.
You have given me exactly the information which we desire.
Time advanced to the 13th of the month; and more information of the interesting sort reached Mr.
It dealt in moral and practical maxims, in information on technical subjects which are of service in daily life -- agriculture, astronomy, augury, and the calendar -- in matters of religion and in tracing the genealogies of men.
On the evening of the day when I said that I received information that Miss Silvester had been traced to Glasgow.
Two hours afterward Barbicane received information too exact to leave room for the smallest remaining doubt.
If the reader will please to remember that the acquaintance which Sophia had with Lady Bellaston was contracted at the house of Mrs Western, and must have grown at the very time when Mrs Fitzpatrick lived with this latter lady, he will want no information, that Mrs Fitzpatrick must have been acquainted with her likewise.
At the time of the affair of the woman cut in pieces in the Rue Oberskampf--another forgotten story--he had taken to one of the editors of the "Epoque,"--a paper then rivalling the "Matin" for information,--the left foot, which was missing from the basket in which the gruesome remains were discovered.
I have always understood, however, that if you are in need of any special information such as we should in England apply to the police for, over here there is a quicker and more satisfactory method of procedure.

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