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1. an object or area toward which something is directed.
2. the area of the anode of an x-ray tube where the electron beam collides, causing the emission of x-rays.
3. a cell or organ that is affected by a particular agent, such as a hormone or drug.
target (omaha) in the omaha system, on the second level of the intervention scheme, any of the 62 objects of nursing interventions; the target serves to further describe an intervention. See also target definition.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. An object fixed as goal or point of examination.
See also: x-ray.
2. In the ophthalmometer, the mire.
See also: x-ray.
See also: x-ray. Synonym(s): target organ
4. Anode of an x-ray tube.
See also: x-ray.
[It. targhetta, a small shield]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. A usually metal part in an x-ray tube on which a beam of electrons is focused and from which x-rays are emitted.
2. Biochemistry A molecule or molecular structure, such as a protein or a nucleic acid, that a drug or other compound interacts with and modulates the activity of.
tr.v. tar·geted, tar·geting, tar·gets
Biochemistry To interact with as a target: drugs that target estrogen receptors.

tar′get·a·ble (-gĭ-tə-bəl) adj.
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Do Tirofiban And ReoPro Give similar Efficacy Trial. A trial comparing safety and efficacy of abciximab/ReoPro and tirofiban/Aggrastat in the context of stent placement/percutaneous coronary intervention.

Endpoints: death, acute myocardial infarction (MI), urgent revascularisation occurred in 7.6% of tirofiban patients vs 6.0% of abciximab patients.

Therapeutic Arthritis Research & Gastrointestinal Event Trial. A trial comparing the GI safety of Prexige (lumiracoxib) with ibuprofen and naproxen; a secondary endpoint was cardiovascular safety.

The primary endpoint, including incidence of MI, did not differ between lumiracoxib and either ibuprofen or naproxen, irrespective of aspirin use.
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adjective Pertaining to a lesion or radiologic finding in which there are ≥ 3 relatively well-circumscribed, concentrically arranged annular patterns or radiodensities noun Imaging The molecular defect that is examined in molecular imaging. See CT/PET, Molecular imaging. Cf Probe.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. An object fixed as a goal or point of examination.
2. In the ophthalmometer, the mire.
3. Synonym(s): target organ.
4. Anode of an x-ray tube.
See also: x-ray
5. In molecular diagnostic assays, the nucleic acid species being studied. The target is single-stranded and complementary to primers and/or probes.
[It. targhetta, a small shield]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


A pattern or an object of fixation such as a red dot or an optotype. See optotype.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann


1. An object fixed as goal or point of examination.
2. Anode of an x-ray tube.
[It. targhetta, a small shield]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about target

Q. Does good and healthy diet helps in achieving the target besides regular exercises? I am planning to join a gym to have a good physique, especially to get six pack abs. I think I need to work hard to develop muscles. I have kept my targets for a year to get them. My instructor has told me that he will guide me to make a really good looking abs. Does good and healthy diet helps in achieving the target besides regular exercises?

A. My experiences is that I missed to have a right diet and I lost my strength in the mid. This made me weak. And I lost all muscles very quickly. My targets were not to built abs but weight reduction. I stopped having one meal. I got slim but with lost energy. To make things worse I was having beverages. I did not notice that my health has deteriorated to a great extent. This was due to the passion to lose weight. So you keep your targets with low passion and with flexibility. Keep taking good diet and go slow and steady.

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To avoid stigmatization, targeted screening could also be accomplished by involving community organizations and local clinics that serve recent immigrants or the homeless population.
Several recent studies have shown the benefit of targeted TST and validated the use of risk-assessment questionnaires to identify children at increased risk for acquiring TB (11-18).
(7.) Targeted tuberculin testing and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection: joint statement of the American Thoracic Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Council of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Targeted testing of children for tuberculosis: validation of a risk assessment questionnaire.
(19.) Pediatric TB collaborative group: targeted tuberculin skin testing and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection in children and adolescents.
With respect to payments to Specially Designated Nationals and other persons in targeted countries, the payment may be blocked; that is, it must be deposited in an interest-bearing "blocked" account in a U.S.
This software is programmed to identify and freeze transfers that refer to a destination, entity or person targeted by the United States.
* brokering, insuring or reinsuring a property insurance policy written for an international hotel chain that covers hotels in targeted countries; and
* payment of a life insurance claim to a person in a targeted country or, in some cases, a person who is a national of a targeted country.
insurance capacity from insureds in the targeted countries or on the Specially Designated Nationals list.
The court concluded that Perdue had employed members of the targeted groups and had properly requested written certification from the local agencies.
Taxpayers who have been denied a claim of the targeted jobs credit or did not claim the credit due to lack of certification now have an opportunity to file refund claims.

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