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spell

(spel),
1. An indefinite period or duration.
2. Colloquially, a state of hypnotic trance.

spell

(spĕl)
n.
1. A short, indefinite period of time.
2. Informal A period of weather of a particular kind: a dry spell.
3.
a. One's turn at work.
b. A period of work; a shift.
4. Australian A period of rest.
5. Informal A period of physical or mental disorder or distress: a dizzy spell.
6. Informal A short distance.
v. spelled, spelling, spells
v.tr.
1. To relieve (someone) from work temporarily by taking a turn.
2. To allow (someone) to rest a while.
v.intr.
1. To take turns working.
2. Australian To rest for a time from an activity.

spell

Medspeak
Any period during which an individual is in a particular state—e.g., spell of hospitalisation (hospital stay is widely preferred in the US), spell (bout or period) of sickness.
 
Medspeak-UK
A popular term for the time frame from when a patient is admitted to hospital until discharge.
 
Paranormal
A trance-like state in which a person allegedly communicates with dead persons or various ethereal spirits, most often in a culture-specific context. It has the potential for being misconstrued as a psychotic episode.

spell

noun A period during which a person is in a particular state–eg, spell of hospitalization–hospital stay is preferred, spell–bout or period of sickness. See Blue spell, Dizzy spell Medtalk A '… sudden onset of a symptom(s) that is recurrent, self-limited, stereotypic…' Types Endocrine–eg, hypoglycemia, thyrotoxicosis, carbohydrate intolerance; cardiovascular–essential HTN, angina, pulmonary edema, psychologic–eg, panic and anxiety disorders; hyperventilation; pharmacologic–eg, MAOI therapy, cheese, illicit drugs; neurologic–seizure disorders, migraine; etc–eg, mastocytosis, carcinoid, P vera, POEM syndrome Clinical Facial flushing attributed to vasodilation, accompanied by one of various spell phenotypes–eg, pheochromocytoma, carcinoid syndrome, or mast cell disease, manifest as diaphoresis, numbness, SOB, headaches, chest tightness, ↑ BP, etc Psychiatry A trance-like state in which a person allegedly communicates with dead persons, or various–non-mineral, non-grain spirits, usually in a culture-specific context, most common among African-Americans and/or those from the southern US; the importance lies in it being confused with a psychotic episode. See Culture-bound syndrome.

Patient discussion about spell

Q. what could cause dizzy spells my daughter is 11 and just incountered a dizzy spell legs felt funny and stomach too.

A. sounds like a blood circulation problem, anemia maybe. when there is a problem with oxygen transportation in the body-
the limbs are usually the first to suffer, numbness and feeling like ants are crawling on them. and also dizziness, the brain needs his oxygen. the doctor will probably check for blood pressure, blood works and all that.

Q. Dizzi spells-Help!!!! I keep getting really dizzy and passing out and seem to have constant headaches. I am also really weak and tired all the time and almost never sleep. My doctor won’t do anything but its really making me feel like crap and it is really stressing me out. I really don’t need any more stress in my life because I can’t cope with it like that. somebody help me please

A. Your doctor is the only one that can give you tests and give you the correct advice and treatment. If your doctor is unable to help, then you should see one of the other doctors at your clinic. Getting some sleep may also help you, but you really should see your doctor.

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The implication is that unless children can access deeper understandings of the spelling system, that includes the centrality of morphology, they may continue to struggle to find the order that exists in English spelling.
As the English spelling system relies on 26 letters of the alphabet to represent at least 44 phonemes, a single phoneme can be spelled with different letter sequences and combinations.
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The paper, which surveyed a group of 18 to 24 year olds as part of the research, found that the majority believe that unconventional spellings are used on the Internet because it is faster and has become the norm.
British and American spelling reform societies still appear periodically; this century has witnessed protesters' placards at the National Spelling Bee proclaiming, "Enuf is Enuf.
The teachers were then asked to complete a Spelling Instruction Assessment (SIA; Carreker, 2007), which directed them to identify a student's underlying difficulty in spelling and choose the most appropriate instructional activity for remediation of that difficulty.
I've used the old edition for the last few years as starter activities for year 7 for the first six weeks of the school year and until someone comes up with a magic spelling wand for teachers--one wave over the head and they can spell--then this new edition will continue to do nicely
Handfield said spelling bees are part of the curriculum at the Mary D.
She's had the same word on her spelling list for weeks and she still can't spell it.
You will after reading How to Spell Like a Champ, which offers tips and tricks of the spelling trade from recognized masters like Barrie Trinkle, who won the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1973, and Paige Kimble, who won in 1981 and who is director of the Scripps bee today.
Even next-door-neighbor Sharon Lupus -- wife of TV's ``Mission: Impossible'' strongman Peter Lupus -- lined up and took a number for the chance to glimpse what was inside the home Spelling has shared with Canadian actor Dean McDermott, whom she married in May, about a month before the death of her TV mogul father Aaron Spelling.
Aaron Spelling, television's most prolific and perhaps most commercially successful independent producer, died June 23 at his home in Los Angeles, days after suffering a stroke.