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(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.

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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.

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The courts are still slowish compared with what they used to be five or six years ago, but I think it does make for different styles of games being played," said Murray.
I'm in good nick at the moment after a slowish start to the year, and I hope to continue in the same vein at Shropshire.
Gloucestershire were without four first-choice bowlers in Jon Lewis, Steve Kirby, Ashley Noffke and Will Rudge but Somerset's top-order played far too freely on a slowish pitch.
It wasan easy win for the 25-year-old, who won in a slowish time of four minutes 6.
There may be some slowish moments and it's not one for the boys on a Saturday night.
It was a slowish wicket and we didn't put enough of a decent total to put any pressure on them.
Last time at Sandown, Donncha did incredibly well to finish as close as he did as he was held up nearly last off a slowish pace and, bar him, all those involved in the finish raced prominently.
The slowish start to many of the songs may suggest the former is starting to happen .
On a slow pitch, with a slowish outfield, batting wasn't easy against disciplined bowling (Worcestershire delivered just one wide) and the experienced pair seemed reluctant to turn ones into twos - surprisingly as the Bears' excellent running between the wickets has been a feature of their progress through the group.
No actually, it was a slowish lap when I got it and I disregarded it," she said.
He struck early in the first of his three spells for the day at the Brit Oval but Surrey piled up 242-2 on a slowish surface thanks to an unbeaten 102 by the prolific Mark Ramprakash and 80 not out from captain Mark Butcher.