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shift

 [shift]
a change or deviation.
antigenic shift a sudden, major change in the antigenicity of a virus, seen especially in influenza viruses, resulting from the recombination of the genomes of two different strains; it is associated with pandemics because hosts do not have immunity to the new strain. See also antigenic drift.
chloride shift the exchange of chloride and carbonate between the plasma and the erythrocytes that takes place when the blood gives up oxygen and receives carbon dioxide. It serves to maintain ionic equilibrium between the cell and surrounding fluid.
mediastinal shift a shifting to one side of the tissues and organs of the mediastinum; see also mediastinal shift.
shift to the left
1. a change in the blood picture, with a preponderance of young neutrophils.
2. an increased oxygen affinity of hemoglobin.
shift to the right
1. a preponderance of older neutrophils in the blood picture.
2. a decreased oxygen affinity of hemoglobin.
weight shift
1. the frequent movement of a paralyzed or partially paralyzed patient to redistribute the patient's weight and prevent impairment of circulation, which leads to pressure sores. One variation is the wheelchair pressure release.
2. relocation of a patient's center of mass in order to allow movement; see also gait.

shift to the left

1. a marked increase in the percentage of immature cells in the circulating blood, based on the premise in hematology that the bone marrow with its immature myeloid cells is on the left, whereas the circulating blood with its mature neutrophils is on the right; Synonym(s): deviation to the left
2.

shift to the left

(shift left)
1. A marked increase in the percentage of immature neutrophils in the circulating blood.

shift to the left

(shift left)
Marked increase in percentage of immature cells in circulating blood.
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Lee's testimony revealed that he neither ordered cultures earlier, nor did he timely respond to the "shift to the left," in the blood count.
The former prime minister said a shift to the left after the party's crushing election defeat would be to treat voters as if they were "stupid".
"It must be our goal to work so hard in the future that, in the next election, there will be no shift to the left," he told the 690 delegates.
Britain's main opposition Labour Party will promise to renationalise rail and mail services and take some of the energy sector into public hands, betting that a shift to the left will win over voters before next month's election.
LABOUR'S challenge is not whether to shift to the left or the right but to win the support of more than three out of 10 voters and return to Government, according to a Welsh MP who has pledged his support to Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.
In a speech yesterday, Haider pleaded with his party "to make sure it does not shift to the left".
Enough backing within the Cabinet for a shift to the Left is likely to signal the demise of Mr Blair's plans for closer ties with Paddy Ashdown's Lib Dems.