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an excess over what is normal or needed.
iron overload an excess of iron in the body; see hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, and siderosis.
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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


To exceed the capacity of a cell, physiological process, organism, or system, causing it to fail. overload

circulatory overload

Volume overload.

fluid overload

Volume overload.

iron overload

Organ failure caused by excessive accumulation of iron in the body, usually from frequent transfusions or hemochromatosis.

pressure overload

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.

sensory overload

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.

stress overload

Excessive amounts and types of demands that require action.

volume overload

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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the load restriction regime on provincial network as well and a stakeholders Conference regarding Axle Overload Control was held recently in Islamabad to formulate action plan for strict control of overloading with coordination and consultation of stakeholders.
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Otherwise not only the route permits and fitness certificates of such vehicles will be canceled but the authorities will be constrained to impound the vehicles for overloading and violating other traffic rules.
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He said that no overloading would be allowed on motorways and highways and ordered Inspector General of Motorway Police to devise an action plan to combat overloading.
The overloading of buses is almost the routine on most city roads due to poor transportation arrangements for the students.
The people considered overloading as electricity load shedding which is wrong concept however, masses could play their role to overcome overloading by minimizing the irregular use of electricity.
The DRTA also took action over overloading and challaned 66 vehicles and imposed Rs 61,500 fine on them.
The sole objective of this initiative is to protect the national highways from damaging effects of overloading.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned commercial motorists in Gwagwalada Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to stop overloading their vehicles for safety reasons.
Secretary RTA Khalid Yameen Satti said that stern action would be taken against the transporters found overcharging and overloading the passengers.
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