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an excess over what is normal or needed.
sensory overload a condition in which an individual receives an excessive or intolerable amount of sensory stimuli, as in a busy hospital or clinic or an intensive care unit; the effects of sensory overload are similar to those of sensory deprivation, including confusion and hallucination.
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To exceed the capacity of a cell, physiological process, organism, or system, causing it to fail. overload
circulatory overloadVolume overload.
fluid overloadVolume overload.
Organ failure caused by excessive accumulation of iron in the body, usually from frequent transfusions or hemochromatosis.
Demand placed on muscle, esp. heart muscle, in response to high blood pressure or stenotic valves. Over time pressure overload results in cardiac hypertrophy and, eventually, heart failure.
A condition in which sensory stimuli are received at an excessive rate or intensity. Sensory overload can produce increases in heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, confusion, anxiety, mental distress, and/or erratic behavior.
Excessive amounts and types of demands that require action.
An excess of blood or body fluids in the circulation or extracellular tissues. It is usually caused by transfusions or excessive fluid infusions that increase the venous pressure, esp. in patients with heart disease, and it can result in heart failure, pulmonary edema, and cyanosis.Synonym: circulatory overload; fluid overload; hypervolemia
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