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balance

 [bal´ans]
an instrument for weighing.
equilibrium (def. 1).
acid-base balance see acid-base balance.
analytical balance a balance used in the laboratory, sensitive to variations of the order of 0.05 to 0.1 mg.
fluid balance see fluid balance.
negative balance a state in which the amount of water or an electrolyte excreted from the body is greater than that ingested.
nitrogen balance see nitrogen balance.
positive balance a state in which the amount of water or an electrolyte excreted from the body is less than that ingested.
water balance fluid balance.
zero balance a state in which the amount of water or an electrolyte excreted from the body is exactly equal to that ingested; see equilibrium (def. 1).
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bal·ance

(bal'ants),
1. An apparatus for weighing (for example, scales).
See also: equilibrium.
2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
See also: equilibrium.
3. Quantities, concentrations, and proportionate amounts of bodily constituents.
See also: equilibrium.
4. The difference between intake and use, storage, or excretion of a substance by the body.
See also: equilibrium.
5. The act of maintaining an upright posture in standing or locomotion.
6. The system that depends on vestibular function, vision, and proprioception to maintain posture, navigate in one's surroundings, coordinate motion of body parts, modulate fine motor control, and initiate the vestibulooculomotor reflexes.
[L. bi-, twice, + lanx, dish, scale]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

balance

Lab medicine
A scale which uses counterbalancing weights.
 
Neurology
Equilibrium, see there.
 
Physiology
Homeostasis, see there.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

balance

Neurology Equilibrium, see there Physiology Homeostasis. See Fat balance, Health balance, Nitrogen balance, Water balance.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bal·ance

(bal'ăns)
1. An apparatus for weighing (e.g., scales).
2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
3. Normal quantities, concentrations, and proportionate amounts of bodily constituents.
4. The difference between intake and use, storage, or excretion of a substance by the body.
See also: equilibrium
5. The act of maintaining an upright posture in standing or locomotion.
6. The system that depends on vestibular function, vision, and proprioception to maintain posture, navigate in one's surroundings, coordinate motion of body parts, modulate fine motor control, and initiate the vestibulo-oculomotor reflexes.
[L. bi-, twice, + lanx, dish, scale]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

balance

the maintenance of stability and specific orientation by an organism in relation to the immediate environment. Organs of balance occur at the end of each SEMICIRCULAR CANAL in the inner ear where there is a swelling, an AMPULLA; this is a RECEPTOR which has a group of sensory cells, the CRISTA AMPULLARIS, hairs from which are embedded in a gelatinous cap - the CUPULA. Since the semicircular canals are at right angles to each other the ampullae are sensitive to movement in any plane, as the canal fluid moves the cupula in a direction opposite to that of the movement of the head. Head position is given by receptors containing calcareous OTOLITHS in the UTRICLE and SACCULE, and these react to gravity in relation to the position of the head. Nerve fibres lead to the brain from ampullae, saccule and utricle.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

bal·ance

(bal'ăns)
1. An apparatus for weighing (e.g., scales).
2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
3. Quantities, concentrations, and proportionate amounts of bodily constituents.
4. The difference between intake and use, storage, or excretion of a substance by the body.
5. The act of maintaining an upright posture in standing or locomotion.
6. The system that depends on vestibular function, vision, and proprioception to maintain posture, navigate in one's surroundings, coordinate motion of body parts, modulate fine motor control, and initiate vestibulo reflexes.
[L. bi-, twice, + lanx, dish, scale]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about balance

Q. my friend recently told me that she throws up from time to time and it helps her balance her weight I told her I think that’s what bulimic girls do, but she insisted that it wasn’t something she can’t control or that comes after eating bursts (which she doesn’t have). It still seems wrong to me, but I would like to hear other’s opinions.

A. bolimic girls try to avoid eating. then they get so frustrated that they eat like crazy and then feel guilty and threw ups. it's a bad condition that needs to and can be treated.

Q. how do i deal with gaining weight ...? i mean really massive change in my weight balance ... sometimes it goes extremely up and sometimes i lose like 5 kilos a week .. what can it be ? i am 25 years old and i don't have health issues beside that ...

A. If this is occurring frequently you should go see a doctor about it. Do you have thyroid problems? Have you been sick a lot?

Q. HOW DO ENERGYS EFFECT THE BODY? POSITIVE, NEGITIVE, CHI, ELOPTIC, LIFE FORCE ENERGY.

A. Not really my area, but you can try and ask in the alternative medicine community (http://www.imedix.com/Alternative_Medicine).

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