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capacity

 [kah-pas´ĭ-te]
the power to hold, retain, or contain, or the ability to absorb; usually expressed numerically as the measure of such ability.
closing capacity (CC) the volume of gas in the lungs at the time of airway closure, the sum of the closing volume and the residual volume. See also closing volume.
decreased intracranial adaptive capacity a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as the state in which intracranial fluid dynamic mechanisms that normally compensate for increases in intracranial volumes are compromised, resulting in repeated disproportionate increases in intracranial pressure in response to a variety of noxious and nonnoxious stimuli.
diffusing capacity see diffusing capacity.
forced vital capacity the maximal volume of gas that can be exhaled from full inhalation by exhaling as forcefully and rapidly as possible. See also pulmonary function tests.
functional residual capacity the amount of gas remaining at the end of normal quiet respiration.
heat capacity the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a specific quantity of a substance by one degree Celsius.
inspiratory capacity the volume of gas that can be taken into the lungs in a full inhalation, starting from the resting inspiratory position; equal to the tidal volume plus the inspiratory reserve volume.
maximal breathing capacity maximum voluntary ventilation.
thermal capacity heat capacity.
total lung capacity the amount of gas contained in the lung at the end of a maximal inhalation.
 Subdivisions of total lung capacity: TLC, total lung capacity; V, tidal volume; IC, inspiratory capacity; FRC, functional residual capacity; ERV, expiratory reserve volume; VC, vital capacity; RV, residual volume. From Dorland's, 2000.
virus neutralizing capacity the ability of a serum to inhibit the infectivity of a virus.
vital capacity (VC) see vital capacity.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ca·pac·i·ty

(kă-pas'i-tē),
1. The potential cubic contents of a cavity or receptacle.
See also: volume.
2. Power to do.
[L. capax, able to contain; fr. capio, to take]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

capacity

Medspeak-UK
A generic term for the sum of the resources available to an organisation, service or community, including people, money, equipment, expertise, skills and information.

Psychology
A term referring to a person’s ability to understand and retain information about his/her medical condition and need for treatment.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

capacity

Patient rights The capability of a person to function as an autonomous unit. See Testamentary capacity.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ca·pac·i·ty

(kă-pas'i-tē)
1. The potential cubic contents of a cavity or receptacle.
2. Ability to do something mental or physical.
See also: volume
[L. capax, able to contain; fr. capio, to take]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

capacity

the ability to store an electric charge, measured in farads (Fd).
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

ca·pac·i·ty

(kă-pas'i-tē)
1. The potential cubic contents of a cavity or receptacle.
See also: volume
2. Power to do.
[L. capax, able to contain; fr. capio, to take]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Thus, the authors chose tons produced as the production divisor to estimate normal capacity and treated production labor costs as fixed when calculating a predetermined overhead rate.
Closer examination is needed into what normal capacity should be, and the role played by variances and incentives.
It is now operating at about 90% of normal capacity in August with an anticipation of running a full schedule by the end of September.
of normal capacity, compare to the current 70 percent of capacity.
Special concessions were in force for day parking at the top of the bus station car park, but these will end from today when the Springwood car park will be back to normal capacity. Signs on the ring road have been re-adjusted to show an accurate figure of parking spaces left.
Southern Water said it was down to 40 per cent of its normal capacity.
Iraq resumed pumping crude oil along its northern Kirkuk pipeline to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan at around 450,000 bpd, just over half normal capacity, a shipping source said.
The weather conditions - which have disrupted air travel over the last few days - affected Milan's Malpensa airport the worst, with operations at 25-50% of normal capacity. Milan's Linate airport also suffered delays due to de-icing operations.
Flintoff bowled at nothing like his normal capacity for 20 minutes today in the middle of the Bellerive Oval and will need to improve dramatically in the next 24 hours if he is not to become the third major casualty of the tour following injuries to Darren Gough and Simon Jones.
normal capacity and said, Friday, that its global production is only expected
Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific Airways will operate about 90% of its normal capacity in August after restoring additional services.