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dis·charge (DC),

1. That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
2. The activation or firing of a neuron.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
2. To release a patient from custody or care.
3. To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
n. (dĭs′chärj′, dĭs-chärj′)
1. The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
2. A substance that is excreted or secreted.
3. The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.
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noun Any material released in effluents, generally of human origin; often organic or toxic waste.
verb A generic term for the release of materials (e.g., radioactive, biohazardous waste) and sundry anthropogenic detritus in effluents to the air, water, or sanitary facilities.
Managed care
verb To formally terminate a person’s care in and release them from a hospital or healthcare facility.

noun A secretion or material eliminated from a wound or orifice.
verb To release a secretion or material from a wound or orifice.

noun A term defined in the UK for the formal end of an episode of care.
Types of discharge
Day-case discharge, day-patient discharge, inpatient discharge, outpatient discharge.

(1) To formally end an episode of care.
(2) To formally end surveillance of a patient who was previously diagnosed with and treated for a condition, and who no longer requires surveillance.

See Menstrual discharge.
A stoma’s output.
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Managed care verb (pron. dis charj´) To formally terminate a person's care in, and releasing from, a hospital or health care facility. See Complex repetitive discharge. Cf Admit Medtalk. noun (pron. dis´ charj) A secretion or material eliminated from a wound or orifice. See Autogenic discharge, Nipple discharge, Prune juice discharge, Vaginal discharge verb To release a secretion or material from a wound or orifice.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(DC) (dis'chahrj)
1. That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
2. The activation or firing of a neuron.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


An abnormal outflow of body fluid, most commonly of pus mixed with normal secretions, or of normal secretions in abnormal amount. Discharge may occur from any body orifice or from a wound.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


That which is emitted or evacuated, as an excretion or a secretion.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about discharge

Q. is there cause for alarm if i have a white thick discharge?

A. Hello, ruffdee, if the discharge is white, and NOT causing any itchy feeling, burn sensation, and not smelly, it probably still is in normal range.
But once you feel itchy, burning, its color turns yellowish or greenish, and it has bad smell, it might be a sign for an infection, and it is recommended then you to find a doctor to get the specific therapy to cure the infection.
"Stay healthy always.."

Q. if you've had rough sex can bleeding accur a day or two later and have a smelly discharge?

A. it is very possible to happen like that. a rough sex will most likely cause trauma in the mucosa (either it is vaginal mucosa or anal mucosa), and the bleeding can happen even after a day or two.
if you're experiencing smelly discharge, be aware of the possibility of genital infection, that's why I'll recommend you to go to a doctor to get checked, and then get the specific therapy for that.

if it is happened that you're getting genital infection, you would probably inform your sex-partner and encourage your partner to seek the same medical advice.

Stay healthy always...

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The corneal opacity was still present on day 79 after initial presentation, but at that time, serous, frothy ocular discharge; slight swelling of the salt glands; and reduced overall activity level were noted.
The signs most visible for the pet owner (nasal discharge, ocular discharge, and weight loss) were completely prevented during this time, as was severe fever likely to result in noticeable lethargy or malaise.
The ulcer was not associated with blepharospasm or ocular discharge and was presumed to be secondary to trauma while the bird was being caught.
Mucoid ocular discharge was observed in only two animals of each group, being moderate on the 1st day and modest on the 3rd day.
A four year old female Holstein Friesian crossbred cattle was presented with clinical signs of epiphora, conjunctivitis and corneal ulceration with purulent ocular discharge. The physiological parameters were within normal range.
One hour after cleaning a dime-size amount of liquid, likely to have been SEB, found outside a biosafety cabinet, a 23-year-old laboratory technician noted bilateral eye irritation, conjunctival erythema, and an excessive yellow ocular discharge that continued throughout the day.
Clinical symptoms such as epiphora, blepharospasms, ocular discharge, location of lesion, depth of lesion, growth, vascularization, pain, photophobia, blepharitis etc.
Of the 15 ill prairie dogs, 10 died rapidly, and 5 exhibited anorexia, wasting, sneezing, coughing, swollen eyelids, and ocular discharge. Initially, tularemia was suspected clinically, and two of the ill prairie dogs were euthanized for pathologic confirmation.
McGaughey (1965) reported that ocular discharge from whitish patch or ulcer on cornea and defective vision are the common symptoms noticed in elephants with corneal opacity.
The dog was hospitalized after 3 days of lethargy, anorexia, polydipsia, ocular discharge, and difficulty in rising that had progressed to fever, listlessness, weakness, ptyalism, nasal and ocular discharge, watery diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
On clinical examination, prolapsed mass was congested with ocular discharge and epiphora.
ocular discharge, irritation, blepharospasm and conjunctival inflammation were seen in both groups during the first week.