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(rĭ-kŭv′ĕr) [O.Fr. recoverer] 1. To regain health after illness; to regain a former state of health. 2. To regain a normal state, as to recover from fright.


(ri-kŏv′ĕ-rē) [Fr. recoverer fr. L. recuperare, to regain] 1. The process or act of becoming well or returning to a state of health. 2. Compensation awarded by a court to the party that prevailed in a lawsuit. 3. Emergence from anesthesia. 4. In sports medicine, the return to baseline metabolic functioning after exercising. 5. The return of someone with mental illness (or drug dependence) to a healthful, safe, and stable relationship with him- or herself and/or the community.

cost r. A payment demanded by a professional licensing board from a practitioner found to have violated standards of practice. The fee is a reimbursement to the board for the expenses it incurs during the investigation and prosecution of its case against the practitioner.

heart rate r. ABBR: HRR. The decrease in heart rate that occurs 1 min. after maximal exercise. Normal people decrease their heart rates by at least 12 beats per minute (bpm) 1 min. after stopping maximal exercise. People whose heart rate does not decrease by 12 bpm have an increased risk of cardiac-related death.

inversion r. In magnetic resonance imaging, a standard pulse sequence used to produce T1-weighted (first thoracic nerve) images.

motor r. Improvement in the performance of a fatigued muscle or in the movement of a group of muscles paralyzed by stroke or injury.

muscle r. Improvement in the performance of skeletal muscles used during intense or prolonged exercise.

neutrophil r. In neutropenic patients, esp. those who have been treated with chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation, the return of neutrophil counts to higher than 500 cells/mm3.

nutritional r. The restoration of optimal nutrition after illness, injury, or starvation; the correction of the body's balance of macro- and micronutrients.

organ r. The surgical removal of a body part from one person to be used in organ transplantation in another patient.

recovery house

A residential treatment program or transitional residence for people who are overcoming the effects of drugs or alcohol or are recovering from other diseases or addictions.


(rĕk-rē-ā′shŭn) Participation in any endeavor that is entertaining, relaxing, or refreshing. Recreational activities may be personal or private, e.g., reading, painting; social, e.g., team sports or dance; physical, e.g., hunting; or mental, e.g., meditating or praying; they may be active or passive. Many recreational activities combine more than one of these elements.


(rē-krē-dĕn′chăl-ēng) The process whereby an individual certified in a profession ...

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