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breastfeeding, ineffective

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Difficulty providing milk to an infant or young child directly from the breasts, which may compromise nutritional status of the infant/child. SEE: Nursing Diagnoses Appendix.

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breastfeeding, interrupted

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Break in the continuity of providing milk to an infant or young child directly from the breasts, which may compromise breastfeeding success and/or nutritional status of the infant/child. SEE: Nursing Diagnoses Appendix.

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breastfeeding, readiness for enhanced

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A pattern of providing milk to an infant or young child directly from the breasts, which may be strengthened. SEE: Nursing Diagnoses Appendix.

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breast implant

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SEE: under implant.

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breast self-examination

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ABBR: BSE. A technique that enables a woman to detect changes in her breasts. The accompanying illustration explains the specific steps to be followed. The examination should be done each month soon after the menstrual period ends because normal physiological changes that may confuse results occur in the premenstrual period. SEE: illus.; mammography.

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BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION

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Inspection

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BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION

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Palpation

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breath

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(breth) The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.

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bad b. Halitosis.

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liver b. The mousy odor of the breath characteristic of those with severe liver disease. SEE: hepatic coma.

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mandatory b. In mechanical ventilation, a machine-generated breath that is independent of the patient's own respiratory efforts.

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spontaneous b. In respiratory care, an effort to breathe made by the patient without assistance from or control by a mechanical ventilator.

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uremic b. The fishy, ammonia-smelling breath odor characteristic of those with uremia.

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breathability

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(brēth″ă-bil′ĭt-ē) The ability of a fabric or woven coating to allow moisture and gases to travel through its pores. It is an important feature in the design of clothing liners, transdermal medication patches, and wound coverings.

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breath actuation

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(ăk″chū-ā′shŭn) The release by inspiration of a substance to a patient. Breath-actuated inhalers are used in respiratory medicine to increase the probability that a patient will deliver a dose of inhaled medication to the lungs when the airway is open.

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breath-holding

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(brĕth-hōl′dĭng) The voluntary or involuntary stopping of breathing may be seen in children who use this to attempt to control the behavior of their parents.

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breathing

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(brēth′ing) The act of inhaling and exhaling air. SEE: chest; respiration.

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assisted b. Any technique that improves respiration. Such breathing includes the provision of supplemental oxygen, bag-valve-mask ventilation, noninvasive ventilation, mechanical ...

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