(redirected from slower)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to slower: slower than molasses


(slō) [AS. slaw, dull]
1. Mentally dull.
2. Exhibiting retarded speed, as the pulse.
3. Said of a morbid condition or of a fever when it is not acute.


reduced speed of action or reaction.

slow death factor
see algal poisoning.
slow-milking cows
cows that require more than 6 minutes to milk right out; the average is 4 minutes. Caused by a too-small sphincter orifice at the tip of the teat.
slow muscles
red (type I, slow twitch) muscles as distinct from white (type II, fast twitch) muscles. This is not a completely accurate definition but it serves as a generalization. Fast fibers require more stimulation to contract, develop greater tensions and fatigue more quickly than red fibers. See also muscle.
slow release bolus
formulation of drugs into a dense solid bolus, administered by balling gun, designed to dissolve slowly so as to provide a continuous intake of the medication over a period of 3 or 4 days.
slow virus infections
somewhat imprecise term for persistent virus infections characterized by a very prolonged incubation period and a prolonged, slowly progressive clinical course. Originally applied to infection with lentiviruses and the subacute spongiform encephalopathies, now believed to be caused by prions.

Patient discussion about slow

Q. What is considered a slow heartbeat? I am a 30 year old woman and I went for a routine checkup at my Doctor's. He checked my pulse and it was 52 beats per minute. Is this considered slow? All my family members have a faster beat of 65- 90 beats per minute. If it is slow, is it bad?

A. If the heartbeat is too slow, usually considered a rate below 60 beats a minute, not enough oxygen-rich blood flows through the body. The symptoms of a slow heartbeat are:

Fainting or near fainting

However, some people with slow heartbeat don't have any symptoms at all. Regular exercise can also result in a slow heartbeat. This happens because the exercise has actually strengthened the heart to the point where it can beat less often and still perform its job effectively. I am not a doctor, but it seems to me that in this case the slow heartbeat is not a cause for concern. If it troubles you, consult your doctor and see what he/she thinks about it.

Q. How can alzheimer's disease be slowed down? My father has alzheimer's disease, but only not for a long time. Is it still possible to stop it from progressing? how to do it? He is still ok, recognizing everybody just not remember many things.

A. There are several drugs (including choline esterase inhibitors etc.) using to slow down mild-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, although these medications can't totally prevent the progression of the disease. Vitamin E is also generally recommended to Alzheimer disease patients. However, these drugs must be prescribed by a doctor so consulting one may be wise.

You may read more here:

Q. How is it possible to have permanent weight loss if dieting slows down metabolism? well, i know that eating less will have the body adjust to the new calorie intake and thus, no further weight loss. So how is it possible to have permanent weight loss if eating less doesn't work? Please give tips and suggestions, people who have successfully lost weight. thanks so much!

A. That is why you need to cycle every few weeks. Change things up and shock your body because it does plateau. But if you challenge yourself every so often you will see results continuously.

More discussions about slow
References in periodicals archive ?
8% this year, slower than the previously forecast 6.
We believe that in an environment of slower economic growth and muted underlying inflation pressure (core inflation remains well-behaved) the CBR is likely to abandon its hawkish rhetoric and end the tightening mini-cycle.
Gibson learned how to develop slower ball deliveries during his formative years as a cricketer playing club cricket in Barbados alongside Franklyn Stephenson, the man regarded as developing one of the best slower balls in cricket history.
We might never use them and we might practice four different slower balls and then tomorrow night the ball might nip around a bit and we won't need them.
It's not just the slower balls, it's the deception and surprise of slower balls and they showed us that it's a massive thing in a bowler's armoury.
Maharoof had Glenn McGrath-like accuracy and mixed it up pretty well with at least two slower balls per over and (Lasith) Malinga and (Dilhara) Fernando showed great skill with the deception of their slower balls.
A Gulf Coast area reprocessor also finds the year off to a slow start, but adds that it is somewhat slower than it typically is this time of year.
However, they also can be used to show the effects of slower cooling with LDASC additions on casting microstructure, particularly on carbide formation.
New Zealand's all-rounder nutmegged England's Chris Read at Lord's in 1999 with a perfect slower ball.
Results: Fish intake was associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline in mixed models adjusted for age, sex, race, education, cognitive activity, physical activity, alcohol consumption and total energy intake.
In addition, Europe continued to perform poorly, which contributed to slower sales growth at Applied Biosystems, Bio-Rad and Waters.
Slower growth could translate into a slower pace of recovery for the office market, but the recovery is likely to continue.