motor control

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1. the governing or limitation of certain objects, events, or physical responses.
2. a standard against which experimental observations may be evaluated, as a procedure identical to the experimental procedure except for the absence of the one factor being studied.
3. conscious restraint and regulation of impulses and suppression of instincts and affects.
4. a patient or group differing from the case or treated group under study by lacking the disease or by having a different or absent treatment or regimen. The controls and subjects usually otherwise have certain similarities to allow or enhance comparison between them.
automatic brightness control an automated exposure device used in radiology; it senses light and adjusts itself to produce a predetermined fluoroscopic density.
automatic exposure control a timer by which the exposure of x-ray film is determined by the radiographer but the length of exposure is determined by the equipment.
aversive control in behavior therapy, the use of unpleasant stimuli to change undesirable behavior.
birth control see birth control.
hemorrhage control in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as reduction or elimination of rapid and excessive blood loss.
infection control see infection control.
infection control: intraoperative in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as preventing nosocomial infection in the operating room.
motor control the generation and coordination of movement patterns to produce function; it may either control movements of the body in space or stabilize the body in space. See also postural control.
postural control motor control that stabilizes the body in space by integrating sensory input about body position (somatosensory, visual, and vestibular input) with motor output to coordinate the action of muscles and keep the body's center of mass within its base of support. An important aspect of postural control is the righting reactions. Called also balance.
stimulus control any influence exerted by the environment on behavior.

motor control

the systematic transmission of nerve impulses from the motor cortex to motor units, resulting in coordinated contractions of muscles.

mo·tor con·trol

(mō'tŏr kŏn-trōl')
The process of initiating, directing, and grading purposeful voluntary movement.
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Variability is an inherent feature of many human movement patterns, and a certain amount of variability is considered to be a feature of a healthy and adaptable motor control system.
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This product launch represents Microchip's continued expansion into the motor-control market, targeting single-phase motor control applications that require variable speed control and more energy efficient operation," said Cheri Keller, product marketing manager of the Advanced Microcontroller and Automotive Division at Microchip.
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a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and TRINAMIC has announced the availability of a new motor control kit allowing designers to lower product-development costs and bring products to market quickly.
The dsPIC33FJ16 DSCs and PIC24FJ16 MCUs meet these needs, with the 'MC' versions enabling customers to enjoy the benefits of advanced motor control, such as higher efficiency, quieter operation, smoother torque and higher reliability.
In January 2010, the company announced the High Voltage Motor Control and PFC Developer's Kit that works with the new controlSUITE software.
IMCs are different from 'dumb" motor control ICs in that they use advanced algorithms to squeeze the highest possible performance from a motor," says Chuck Lewin, founder and vice president of engineering with Performance Motion Devices.
Approaching the study of motor control and development from a sports perspective, this work provides an overview of the key theories, definitions, and measurements of motor control, and relates each topic to particular sports and the movements learned and used in them.
0 B, 32 messages and two communication lines for autonomous high-speed communication with gateway functionality; CAPCOM6 module dedicated to PWM generation of AC and DC Motor control for simple flexible control of various types of motors; and DSP support with built in advanced MAC unit to provide the signal conditioning and calculation capability required in many complex industrial, automotive and communications applications.