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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

in hematology, a predominance of immature leukocytes noted in a differential white blood cell count. It is usually indicative of an infection or inflammation. The term derives from the Arneth classification, a graph of blood components in which immature cell frequencies appear on the left side of the graph.

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.

shift

a change or deviation.

antigenic shift
see antigenic shift.
chloride shift
see chloride shift.
shift to the left
an alteration in the distribution of leukocytes in the peripheral blood in which there is an increase in the numbers of immature neutrophils, primarily band forms but metamyelocytes or more immature cells may also be present; usually in response to an infection.
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Canine blood smear showing a shift to the left with a segmented neutrophil (left) with toxic vacuolation and a metamyelocyte (right) with two Döhle bodies. By permission from Willard MD, Tvedten H, Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods, Saunders, 2003
shift red cell
shift to the right
an alteration in the distribution of leukocytes in the peripheral blood in which there is an increased number of mature neutrophils but no immature cells are present.
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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.
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.
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.
If Labour is seen to shift to the left and the Conservatives lurch rightwards, a comfortable space for the Lib Dems may open up; Paddy Ashdown talked about maintaining "equidistance" between the rival parties when he was leader and Mr Clegg may find it easier now to pursue such a strategy.
The new Labour Party position in the United Kingdom could be regarded as a shift to the left which will only strengthen the position of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Parties in coalition.
The paradox of the financial crisis is that, despite being widely held to have been caused by underregulated markets, it has not brought a decisive shift to the left," he wrote.
The Conservatives are also aware that radical change is needed if the party is ever going to win an outright majority - though members may disagree strongly as to whether the solution is a shift to the left or right.