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1. to determine the extent or quantity of a substance.
2. a specific extent or quantity of a substance.
3. a graduated scale by which the dimensions or mass of an object or substance may be determined. See Tables of Weights and Measures in Appendix.
assistive measure a nursing intervention in the nursing minimum data set, in which the nurse facilitates activities of daily living (such as hygiene, exercise, rest, or grooming), provides physical comfort, and maintains a therapeutic environment.
m's of central tendency statistical procedures for determining the center of a distribution of scores; they include the mode, the mean, and the median.
m's of dispersion statistical procedures for examining how scores vary or are dispersed around the mean. These include the range, the difference scores, the sum of squares, the variance, and the standard deviation.
Functional Independence measure FIM; a standardized assessment instrument of functional status that is part of the Uniform Data Set for Medical Rehabilitation; it tests 23 items in seven areas of function and uses a seven-point scale for each item. It can be used clinically as an outcome measure, and a data pool is being established that will be large enough for prediction and comparison of functional outcomes. A pediatric version called the Wee-FIM is also available.
supportive measure a nursing intervention in the nursing minimum data set, defined as action through which the nurse provides support of life functions and needed sustenance such as oxygen, nutrition, or fluids.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


(me'zhŭr), Avoid the mispronunciation māzh'er.
1. To determine the magnitude or quantity of a substance by comparing it against some accepted standard or by calculation.
2. A specified magnitude of a physical quantity.
3. A graduated instrument used to measure an object or substance.
[O.F. mesure, fr. L. mensura, fr. metior, to measure]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


noun A scale by which a thing can be quantified.

verb To quantify a thing or process.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Medtalk A scale by which a thing can be quantified. See Binary outcome measure, Health-related quality of care measure, Outcomes measure, Performance measure.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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A. Not only related to Autism, we have to be very cautious when we vaccine for other diseases too. As with all medical products, vaccines undergo extensive testing to document their efficacy and to explore potential harms. Before a potential vaccine is licensed for use, FDA scientists conduct a thorough and independent review of the testing data and often employ the help of an FDA public advisory review committee. In addition, FDA rigorously oversees the manufacturing process for vaccines used in this country - including approval of each step in the process and on site inspection. Following licensure, vaccines continue to be monitored through information shared by parents, doctors, and other public health officials.

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Pins can be easily maneuvered to specific boundary points (a light touch on the pin allows dragging and dropping), and Measurer automatically calculates the area within the pins.
The measurer is only required to ensure that the child is well positioned on the scale before his/her nutritional status is electronically generated (details and specification of the digital scales are presented elsewhere).
Digital measurers can't be used to measure everything, but they make a lot of measuring quick and easy.
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South Miami, FL, May 01, 2014 --( An innovative new product designed to provide its users with a diverse and multi-functional tool, the Tape Measurer Multi-Tool, has been developed by Robert Kocenko of Ormond Beach, Florida.
"Our courses are all measured by a UKA-certified course measurer who also acts as one of the lead outriders to ensure the correct route is followed.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Sakaria Nghikembua, CEO: Operations at Old Mutual said: "All our athletes can stand proud this year as we had an international professional route measurer who ensured that both the Windhoek and Swakopmund routes are officially recognised as qualifying heats for regional and other events.
The measurer is a public poll, processing and analysis of data, which are supposed to be administered every half a year.
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Kalikow for the honor in recognition of over 25 years of dedication to the service as both board member and measurer of both the National Parkinson Foundation based in Miami, F1 and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Inc.
"We have installed the Antler case measurer in all of our stores here because of the confusion over what size and shape of cabin baggage each airline allows on board.