The application of a concept to that which it is not literally the same but which suggests a resemblance and comparison. Medical metaphors were widespread in ancient literature; the description of a sick body was often used by ancient writers to define a critical condition of the State, in which one corrupt part can ruin the entire system. (From Med Secoli Arte Sci, 1990;2(3):abstract 331)
The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding. (American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed) Includes understanding by a patient or research subject of information disclosed orally or in writing.
A concept that stands for or suggests something else by reason of its relationship, association, convention, or resemblance. The symbolism may be mental or a visible sign or representation. (From Webster, 3d ed)
The book composed of writings generally accepted by Christians as inspired by God and of divine authority. (Webster, 3d ed)
A genus of VIBRIONACEAE, made up of short, slightly curved, motile, gram-negative rods. Various species produce cholera and other gastrointestinal disorders as well as abortion in sheep and cattle.
A family of membrane-anchored glycoproteins that contain a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain. They are responsible for the proteolytic cleavage of many transmembrane proteins and the release of their extracellular domain.
Acquired and inherited conditions that feature DYSTONIA as a primary manifestation of disease. These disorders are generally divided into generalized dystonias (e.g., dystonia musculorum deformans) and focal dystonias (e.g., writer's cramp). They are also classified by patterns of inheritance and by age of onset.
A group of disorders characterized by physiological and psychological disturbances in appetite or food intake.
A loose confederation of computer communication networks around the world. The networks that make up the Internet are connected through several backbone networks. The Internet grew out of the US Government ARPAnet project and was designed to facilitate information exchange.
The misinterpretation of a real external, sensory experience.
Activities concerned with governmental policies, functions, etc.
Unlawful sexual intercourse without consent of the victim.
Eating an excess amount of food in a short period of time, as seen in the disorder of BULIMIA NERVOSA. It is caused by an abnormal craving for food, or insatiable hunger also known as "ox hunger".
Decisions made by the United States Supreme Court.
Persons whose profession is to give legal advice and assistance to clients and represent them in legal matters. (American Heritage Dictionary, 3d ed)
Persons including soldiers involved with the armed forces.
Deliberate and planned acts of unlawful behavior engaged in by aggrieved segments of the population in seeking social change.
The practice of medicine as applied to special circumstances associated with military operations.
Hospitals which provide care for the military personnel and usually for their dependents.
A cognitive process involving the formation of ideas generalized from the knowledge of qualities, aspects, and relations of objects.
Intellectual or mental process whereby an organism obtains knowledge.
Lists of words to which individuals are asked to respond ascertaining the conceptual meaning held by the individual.
The relationships between symbols and their meanings.
A procedure consisting of a sequence of algebraic formulas and/or logical steps to calculate or determine a given task.
Works containing information articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged in alphabetical order, or a similar work limited to a special field or subject. (From The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983)
Highly pleasant emotion characterized by outward manifestations of gratification; joy.
Affection; in psychiatry commonly refers to pleasure, particularly as it applies to gratifying experiences between individuals.
Characteristics or attributes of persons or things which elicit pleasurable feelings.
Mental activity, not predominantly perceptual, by which one apprehends some aspect of an object or situation based on past learning and experience.