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something that is due to someone by law or by tradition.
right to fair treatment the fair selection and treatment of subjects during the course of a research study. Principles governing fairness include informed voluntary decision by the subjects to participate and selection according to criteria directly related to the study rather than according to artificial social or cultural biases.
negative right a right to refuse care or not to be interfered with; it obligates another to refrain from doing something. One example is the right to refuse treatment, which is grounded in the principle of respect for autonomy. This is mentioned in the “Patient's Bill of Rights;” see patient's rights.
patient's r's see patient's rights.
positive right a right to be provided with a good or service such as health care, usually grounded in the principle of justice. It is philosophically more difficult to justify than a negative right because it obligates another to do something.

congenital heart disease

A congenital malformation–eg, coarctation of aorta, VSD, ASD, tetraology of Fallot–of the heart or great blood vessels, which may or may not have clinical consequences. See Baby Faye heart, Shunt.
Congenital heart disease
Rightleft shunt Cyanotic shunt Tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great vessels, trucus arteriosus, tricuspid valve atresia
Leftright shunt Acyanotic shunt Patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, aortic stenosis, pulmonary stenosis, aortic coarctation (NEJM 2000; 342:256rv)


(rit) [AS. riht],

R; rt

1. Pert. to the dextral side of the body (the side away from the heart), which in most persons is the stronger or preferred. Synonym: dexter
2. Legal authority to supervise and control one's own actions or the actions of others.
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Ah, technology: It gets the lion's share of credit for most of the productivity increases we've seen in the past few decades, and often rightfully so.
I don't know who wrote the story so that credit could be rightfully given.
While both the Constitution and AU are rightfully committed to opposing the establishment of any religion, removing all references to God in government can be reasonably viewed as establishing an atheistic philosophy.
In regard to the excessive logging, British Columbia rightfully deserves its reputation as the "Amazon of the North.
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, who rightfully seemed to take on the role of the company's high priestess this season, joined Linda Celeste Sims, Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines, Matthew Rushing, and Jeffrey Gerodias in a hard-hitting attack.
AS we approach a hundred years of independence from the crown surely the time has come to claim what is rightfully ours.
First AIDS, then Lyme disease, mad cow disease, West Nile, and most recently SARS have rightfully captured widespread public attention, albeit usually through 15-second sound bite reporting.
Since he first attracted notice some five years ago, Michael Raedecker has rightfully been admired for his distinctive coupling of homespun materials and the "high" practice of painting.
The Boston Globe has, rightfully, won its Pulitzer Prize--will the media now lose interest?
Through his own narrative and the documentary evidence, the author's goal is to assert that his father should rightfully be called the founder of the PNBC.