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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.
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An alteration; in pathology, structural alteration of which the cause and significance is uncertain.
Synonym(s): shift
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Vox populi
The change in a thing.
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1. Synonym(s): change.
2. A period of 8-12 hours during which an employee is assigned to work on a given day. Division of each 24 hours into day, evening, and night shifts is intended to maximize efficiency.
See also: deviation
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Q. I started a new job a month ago – it’s night shifts as a security guard in a large office building I don’t know why, but I started feeling very down in the last week. Can it be that the change in waking hours is effecting me?

A. there are dozens of studies about night shift workers that try to connect them to all sort of things. and there is a good reason- our hormonal balance is maintained by our Hypothalamus (an area in the brain). being awake on night time changes it's function, it changes our hormonal system balance and other things around our brain. this can easily cause things like depression amongst some people.

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(45) Augustine's decision to return to the site of drinking, even if he did not himself imbibe, points once again to his "shiftlessness." Moreover, his consistent refusal to provide insurance for his slaves heightens the peril of his return to or even toward alcohol.
Nick's elevated account of Myrtle's "despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders"--in combination with the terms in which he chronicles her sweeping, flouncing ecstasy--could be seen as raising him (and the novel's readers) to a place above Myrtle's colloquial indignation at "These people!" But at this point in the narrative, Nick does not seem most interested in looking down at Myrtle; the language he uses is precisely the kind she would choose for herself if she could.
His drinking and shiftlessness mess things up for him and his young family in America and cause them to leave New York and try their luck back in Ireland--a disastrous move, as it turns out.
In earshot of her he would blame the shiftlessness and disobedience of the boys, once they were old enough to blame.
of industrial pursuits, those who have the least intelligence must needs perform the more menial services, without respect to color or birth."(67) The second belief--that blacks are naturally lazy--is evident from the oft-repeated declaration made during Presidential Reconstruction, "You cannot make the negro work without physical compulsion."(68) In fact, white southerners were so worried about the shiftlessness of ex-slaves that proposals circulated to consider contracting labor from foreign countries, a practice common in the West Indian British colonies following the abolition of slavery.
To most Americans, this means that criminals should pay for their crimes; it means that people who spill hot coffee on themselves should be given an icepack, not a $2.9 million judgment; it means that illegal aliens should not be able to live off the hard work of those who are here legally; it means that welfare should be a temporary compensation for hard luck rather than a subsidy for promiscuous procreation and permanent shiftlessness.(2) It also means that it is fundamentally unjust to base public policy on group preferences rooted in some sort of vague historical restitution rather than on individual merit.
He manifests most of the worst accidents and mistakes mixed blood could represent for mid-century England: disease, viciousness, treason, cowardice, duplicity, unmerited power, shiftlessness. The problem of the mulatto is rampant in the discourses about institutionalized slavery.
Similarly, Josephine Shaw Lowell, the New York Charity Organization leader, urged "friendly visitors" to resist the temptation to provide actual food and support to those in need and to avoid procuring temporary relief Instead, the visitor was encouraged to help the poor start to find work and earn money, to avoid extravagance, shiftlessness, and vice, and never to teach or convey to them that they can receive something for nothing.(72) In that age of unselfconsciousness about class privilege and bias, Lowell suggested that "[t]he visitors might perhaps persuade their own servants to train a young girl to fit her to be a good servant and to earn good wages."(73)
Wilson's racism begins (and his rationality ends) with his attribution of shiftlessness as motive.
In a country neighborhood, at least in those days, the size of the woodpile was, besides its practical importance, an index of the owner's shiftlessness or moral solvency.
As a result, homeless persons are seen as responsible for their fate due to their own supposed shiftlessness or laziness, and situational factors that caused the homelessness--such as an accident or illness that rendered them incapable of working and/or resulted in bankrupting medical expenses--are overlooked.
He did indeed go on to lead a wild existence filled with alcohol, drugs, and perpetual shiftlessness; he fled from monogamy as from leprosy.