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Relevant; clinically meaningful.

pertinent negative

An element of the patient's history that aids diagnosis because the patient denies that it is present.

pertinent positive

An element of a patient's history that aids diagnosis because the patient affirms that it is present.
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The request must set forth the pertinency and manner of applying cited prior art to every claim for which reexamination is requested.
Thus, it has important medical pertinency and provides some urgency for the expert to work diligently to establish its accuracy.
As the Court of Appeals interpreted Barenblatt in Deutch's case, "[T]he Government has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the subject under inquiry and the pertinency of the questions were made to appear at the committee hearing with `indisputable clarity.'"(20) The Court of Appeals's affirmance thus could not have come as a surprise.
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In common speech, the word citizen, with more or less truth and pertinency, has a variety of meanings.
* First, and obviously, the physical pertinency of the law;
The manual states that all reports must exhibit six characteristics - accuracy, completeness, pertinency, clarity, impartiality, and conciseness - and then provides a short one- or two-paragraph description of how to achieve each characteristic.
The authors also identify nine areas in which research is needed: risk comparison, risk characterization, the role of intermediaries, pertinency and sufficiency of risk information, psychological stress, the mental models of the recipients, risk literacy, retrospective case studies of risk communication, and contemporaneous assessment of risk management and risk communication.