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1. a fixed ideal or standard.
2. in particular, any of the rules by which human behavior is evaluated and which provide direction for achieving the values of a culture; the norms for a culture are usually learned in childhood.
norm referenced test a standardized test that has been carefully developed and has extensive reliability and validity data available.


1. The usual value.
2. The desirable value or behavior.


(norm) a fixed or ideal standard.


Etymology: L, norma, rule
1 a measure of a phenomenon generally accepted as the ideal standard performance against which other measures of the phenomenon may be measured.
2 abbreviation for normal.


1. The usual value.
2. The desirable value or behavior.


n 1. a statistical unit representative of the human species as a whole.
n 2. the numerical or statistical measures of the usual observed performance when related to health care provided to a given number of patients over time; often used in the building of profiles; can be the average or median or some other cutoff point in a series.


a fixed or ideal standard.

Patient discussion about norm

Q. i dont feel normal..

A. I think everyone puts too much emphasis on the term "normal". Everyone has a different normal... What is normal for me is not going to be normal for anyone else. I think it is so important for everyone to refrain from comparing themselves to others... One will never feel normal when comparing oneself to others.

If you are feeling less than normal for YOUR normal, I am sorry to hear that you are feeling that way. Try to remember everything is impermanant and this feeling will pass. You are perfectly you!

Q. can you maintain a normal life with bipolar? I saw a movie about a man who has it and I was wondering how do people who have it manage their lives.

A. Everyone has ups and downs wether or not you have bipolar disorder. A person needs to experience a variety of moods to experience life. Different situations call for a different mood/reaction. The goal is never to eliminate a person with bipolar disorders moods, the goal is to stabilize those moods so they do not become the extream moods that a person with bipolar will experience. It is natural to cry, laugh, get angry, get frusterated etc... Treatment is to stabilize those moods so they dont escillate to suicide, excessive spending, jail etc...

Q. what is a blood test called methymalonate for and what is normal reading loss of weight no appitate copd patient

A. It's a blood test used, with homocysteine, to evaluate deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid, especially when interpretations of blood tests of these vitamins are borderline or problematic.

The normal range is 70 to 270 nmol/L. However, the interpretation of blood test is more complex than simple range, so if you have any questions or concerns about this subject you may want to consult a doctor.

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Within sits Norm, a man who might be 40 or 55, drumming his fingers across his kitchen table.
Basically, anyone using radioactive material has to send the waste product back to its country of origin, but these NORM are locally produced so we can't send them back anywhere.
According to Social Norms Theory (Berkowitz, 2005; Perkins, 2002, 2003), individuals often have exaggerated perceptions of others approval of problem behaviors.
1) Jorge Dominguez also highlights how the strong Latin American defense of nonintervention in the early twentieth century generated international norms such as the rejection of armed intervention to collect international public debts.
Notwithstanding the fact that most transnational VAR in environmental governance struggle with corporate compliance gaps, much of the existing literature has left the level of corporate norm application as something of a black box (Vogel, 2008, p.
Some research has also examined the causes of self-other norm gaps.
What makes this madcap series so great is that Norm is as daft as a brush, but thinks the world is against him, while his best friend Mikey has the perfect life, or so he thinks.
Social norms are crucial for understanding human social interactions, social arrangements, and human cooperation more generally.
Nothing in Article IV limits to particular actors the applicability of the customary international law norm against genocide reflected in Article II of the Convention.
13) A descriptive norm is when two or more individuals attach the same meaning to a given situational behavior.
As a key result of the book, the "incipient" internalization of CSR as an international norm is documented and explained.
Then in 2005 and 2007, Norm made the decision and self-published two photography books, "The Asian Male - 1.