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figure

 [fig´ūr]
an object of a particular form or shape.
hexaxial figure a figure consisting of the axes of the six limb leads drawn through a central point.
triaxial figure a figure formed by the axes of the three bipolar limb leads drawn through a central point.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

fig·ure

(fig'yūr),
1. A form or shape.
2. A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role (for example, relating to one's male boss as a father figure or to one's female teacher as a mother figure).
3. A form, shape, outline, or representation of an object or person.
[L. figura, fr fingo, to shape, fashion]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

fig·ure

(fig'yŭr)
1. A form or shape.
2. A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role.
3. A form, shape, outline, or representation of an object or person.
[L. figura, fr fingo, to shape, fashion]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

figure

A part or pattern in the visual field which has the perceptual attribute of completeness and is perceived as distinct from the rest of the field which forms the ground. Example: a printed word against a background page.
ambiguous figure An image or drawing arranged in such a way that its perception oscillates or flips involuntarily between, usually, two interpretations even though the retinal image remains constant, thus indicating that higher cortical processing are involved. Syn. reversible figure. See Blivet figure; Kanizsa figure; illusion; Necker cube; Rubin's vase; Schroeder's staircase.
Blivet figure An 'impossible' figure in which three apparently solid tubes are attached at one end of a rectangular base which projects only two bars (Fig. F4). See Necker cube; Schroeder's staircase; Rubin's vase.
fortification figure See scintillating scotoma.
Kanizsa figure An ambiguous figure in which the illusory contour of a square (or triangle) appears in the middle of four (or three) truncated solid squares (or circles). It is an illustration of the perceptual ability to make sense of an incomplete figure by creating a 'whole' image from the separate elements (Gestalt organization). Some people cannot perceive the contour. Syn. Kanizsa square (Fig. F5).reversible f. See ambiguous figure.
Fig. F4 Blivet figureenlarge picture
Fig. F4 Blivet figure
Fig. F5 Kanisza figureenlarge picture
Fig. F5 Kanisza figure
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

Patient discussion about figure

Q. how do i figure if my daughter is autistic? sometimes i get the idea that she's act a little different than the others but than again , it doesn't mean a lot .. i think my question is by what definitions and with what tools i would be able to get to a conclusion if my child deserve a special attention or it is just in my mind ....

A. first of all= how old is your daughter? when i asked a professional he said there isn't a way to know before the age of 3. but any way- there isn't a medical test (like blood test etc.) that can definitely tell that she is autistic. it is done mostly with observations, sometimes testing for other problems that comes along with autism.

Q. I have chronic pancreatitus, and my doctor cannot figure out why my pain is in my kidney area (right flank)? Does anybody know why that is?

A. Pancreatic pain can sometimes cause refferred pain to the waist and back in a "belt-shape" form. This is due to the nerve supply to the pancreas and its origin. I would also recommend to get an ultrasound of the kidney just to make sure there is no pathology there.

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Percentage cm to]3 mf/10 HPF Malignant 21 39 18 11 course Apparently 28 52 0 1 benign course Undetermined 5 9 2 3 mf = mitotic figures; HPF = high-power field.
Kim, et al, found the PHH3 counting method in the detection of mitotic figures was more sensitive compared with the traditional H&E-stained mitotic figure counts; and if the mitotic thresholds suggested by the WHO were applied to the PHH3 MI results in 28 cases, there would be a change in grade.
By 6 h of exposure, reduction in the number of mitotic figures was nearly 100% at all treatment concentrations resulting in only interphase cells.
Apical mitotic figures and apoptotic bodies are readily visible, as are prominent nucleoli.
Fine needle aspirate collected from nasal swelling for cytological examination revealed small and large sheets of large moderately pleomorphic round cells with intracytoplasmic vacuolation, cytoplasmic basophilia, round nuclei with prominent nucleoli and several mitotic figures, confirming diagnosis of canine transmissible venereal tumor.
Microscopically tumor comprises of dense fascicles of spindle shaped cells exhibiting evident nuclear pleomorphism and mitotic figures. Surgical excision is the advocated management without metastatic spread.
(18) Score 1 is associated with the appearance of normal adult mesenchymal tissue, 0-9 mitotic figures per 10 high-power fields (HPF) or no lesion of necrosis; score 2 with specific histologic subtypes, 10-19 mitoses per 10 HPF or <50% of necrosis in examined tissue; and score 3 with undifferentiated tissue, >20 mitoses per 10 HPF or >50% necrosis in examined tissue.
Necrosis, intratumoral hemorrhage, nuclear atypia, and frequent mitotic figures were seen (b) and there was patchy and strong CD34 staining (c), as well as strong and diffuse CD99 staining (d).
It should not reveal atypical nuclei, mitotic figures, or microscopic necrosis [13].
Scattered mitotic figures and intermingled foci of haemorrhage were seen forming blood lakes.
The neoplastic cells demonstrated moderate cellular polymorphism, indistinct cellular margins, anisokaryosis, prominent and multiple nucleoli, and rare tumor giant cells; mitotic figures were not observed (Figure 1D).
Histology sections stained with hemotoxylin and eosin (H&E) shows heterologous malignant cells with many strap cells few showing striations indicating muscle origin (Rhabdomyosarcomatous differentiation), many multinucleated osteoclast like giant cells were seen, typical & atypical mitotic figures with areas of hemorrhage & necrosis.