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pas·sive

(pas'iv),
Not active; submissive.
[L. passivus, fr. patior, to endure]

passive

/pas·sive/ (pas´iv) neither spontaneous nor active; not produced by active efforts.

passive

(păs′ĭv)
adj.
1. Accepting or submitting without resistance or objection.
2. Of or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.

pas′sive·ly adv.
pas·siv′i·ty n.

passive

Etymology: L passivus
pertaining to behavior that subordinates the individual's own interests to the demands of others.

pas·sive

(pas'iv)
Not active; submissive.
[L. passivus, fr. patior, to endure]

passive,

adj pertaining to patients who become mere spectators as they lack the energy or interest to participate.
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Passion flower.

pas·sive

(pas'iv)
Not active; submissive.
[L. passivus, fr. patior, to endure]

passive,

n in orthodontics, an orthodontic appliance that has been adjusted to apply no effective tooth-moving force to the teeth. Also called
self-ligation, or
“frictionless.”
passive diffusion,
n an absorption process that occurs in the body when carbohydrates are more highly concentrated in the intestine than in the blood.
passive immunity,
n a form of acquired immunity resulting from antibodies that are transmitted naturally through the placenta to a fetus or through the colostrum to an infant or artificially by injection of antiserum for treatment or prophylaxis. Passive immunity is not permanent and does not last as long as active immunity.
passive reciprocation,
passive smoking,
n the inhalation by nonsmokers of the smoke from other people's cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. See also environmental tobacco smoke (ETS/passive smoke).

passive

neither spontaneous on the part of the patient, nor active response by the patient, the stimulus having been applied externally.

passive cutaneous anaphylaxis (PCA) test
see passive cutaneous anaphylaxis.
passive diffusion
passage of electrolytes to all parts of a solution, including through a permeable membrane. Plays some part in intestinal absorption.
passive hemagglutination test
passive immunization
see passive immunization.
passive neonatal immunity
see passive immunity.
passive transfer
see passive diffusion (above).
passive venous congestion
noninflammatory distention of vessels with blood. Caused by simple accumulation resulting from obstruction or failure of the heart to eject the full volume of blood returned to it.

Patient discussion about passive

Q. what is a passive smoking? and is it dangerous as an active?

A. Passive smoking is the exposure to cigarettes smoke emitted from cigarettes smoke by other person. It's dangerous and may increase the risk to several diseases similar to active smoking (one's exposure to smoke emitted from the cigarettes he or she is smoking) although the risk is of lower magnitude. Example for passive smoking is children of smokers etc.

You may read more here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/secondhandsmoke.html

Q. what is it a passive smoking? and is it bad as as the active smoking? can i get cancer from it?

A. Passive smoking is the involuntary exposure of nonsmokers to tobacco smoke from the smoking of others. It is considered dangerous, and cause increased risk of cancer, although to a lesser degree than active smoking.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/secondhandsmoke.html

Q. Can I get lung cancer from passive smoking? All my friends smoke, can I get cancer by hanging out with them?

A. Yes, you can develop cancer by passive smoking. From what I've heard, non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke at home or work, increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 percent to 30 percent.

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References in classic literature ?
Tis useless to talk to an Indian with the death-fit on him, lad,” interrupted Natty, who seized the strips of the blanket, and with wonderful dexterity strapped the passive chieftain to his own back; when he turned, and with a strength that seemed to bid defiance, not only to his years, but to his load, he led the way to the point whence he had issued.
Princess Mary spoke of her childhood, of her mother, her father, and her daydreams; and Natasha, who with a passive lack of understanding had formerly turned away from that life of devotion, submission, and the poetry of Christian self-sacrifice, now feeling herself bound to Princess Mary by affection, learned to love her past too and to understand a side of life previously incomprehensible to her.
Nevertheless, while Sir James said to himself that he had completely resigned her, since with the perversity of a Desdemona she had not affected a proposed match that was clearly suitable and according to nature; he could not yet be quite passive under the idea of her engagement to Mr.
I liked walking better, but a sense of reluctance to obtrude my presence on anyone who did not desire it, always kept me passive on these and similar occasions; and I never inquired into the causes of their varying whims.
Sing was armed with a heavy revolver but he dared not attempt to use it for fear that he might wound either Bulan or the girl, and so he was forced to remain but a passive spectator of what ensued.
In the present affair I am only a passive spectator.
The engineer of a passive tugboat hung lazily to a railing and watched.
What I suffered under the forced necessity for remaining passive at that crisis in my life no words of mine can tell.
Her head lay on his bosom, passive--horribly passive, like the head of a corpse.
She would be passive (and that does not mean inanimate) in the circumstances, where the mere fact of being a woman was enough to give her an occult and supreme significance.
When he looked back, therefore, and saw his friend stretched out on the ground, and found himself at the same time so roughly handled by one who had formerly been only passive in all conflicts between them (a circumstance which highly aggravated the whole), his patience at length gave way; he threw himself into a posture of offence; and collecting all his force, attacked Jones in the front with as much impetuosity as he had formerly attacked him in the rear.
The second is passive, defensive,--to it belongs the "struggle for existence.