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An attentiveness, alertness, or watchfulness for whatever may occur.
[L. vigilantia, wakefulness]
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Neurology The conscious and semiconscious focusing and sustained attention to subtle sensory signals within a determined modality–eg, auditory or visual, coupled to filtering out of distracting internal and external stimuli; PET studies of humans localize the 'attention center' to the prefrontal and superior parietal cortex primarily in the right hemisphere, regardless of the modality or laterality of the stimulus
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(vĭj′ĭ-lăns) [L. vigilantia, wastefulness]
The condition of being attentive, alert, and watchful.
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Patient discussion about vigilance

Q. Can I get a headache from watching too much T.V? I've been having headaches after watching more than an hour and a half T.V straight. It also happens If I use the computer the same way.

A. Could be god's way of telling you that you should go out more, play basketball instead of watching basketball. But it's probably short eye sight problem. But it'll do you good going out side instead of playing in your computer!

Q. If diabetes has to do with sugar in the blood why does diabetic patients have to watch their salt consumption?

A. very good question :) and a good answer too:)
if you have Diabetes type 2 that means you have a risk factor for heart attacks. it also means you probably have high blood pressure, so it's in your best interest to watch your sult consumption even more then others.

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The bank again had to be opened in the evening to deposit the recovered cash since it was much beyond the capacity of vigilance bureau's locker to keep the cash.
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"However, this has the misfortune of demotivating employees beyond the point of their career when punitive vigilance action is undertaken.
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