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bodily functions

euphemism The normal workings of the body, especially those usually done in private, such as urinating or defecating. When you have three sons, bodily functions are a common topic of discussion around the house.
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bodily functions

Euph. anything the body does automatically or as a normal occurrence, especially urinating and defecating. The dog needed to go outside and perform her bodily functions. It is not polite to discuss bodily functions at the dinner table.
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function as

To serve a purpose or play a role similar to that of something else: The beaks of some wading birds function as spears for catching fish.
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The authors speculate that improvements in cognitive functioning may have led to "synergistic interactions contributing to functional outcomes.
The hope is that these new medications may have an impact on areas of functioning directly relevant to successful employment.
In addition, very little is known about how medications improve vocational functioning and in what areas the improvement actually takes place, such as social relationships on the job, social skills in general, job retention, motivation, and general health.
The WOMAC improvements in physical functioning through week 12 (week eight of the open-label study) corresponded with an increase in the mean daily AVINZA dose, indicating that the ability to titrate led to improved performance," Dr.
More subtle influences than language dominance may be interacting to provide less than accurate data on cognitive-intellectual functioning of bicultural clients (Hickey, 1972).
Mexican Americans rated in the bicultural to monocultural (Mexican) range on the acculturation scale should perhaps be administered secondary measures of cognitive-intellectual functioning (in addition to traditional IQ measures).
Whether examining traditional families (Zabriskie 2000); adoptive families (Zabriskie & Freeman 2004); single-parent families (Smith, Taylor, Hill, & Zabriskie 2004); or Hispanic families (Christenson 2004), researchers have reported positive relationships between family leisure involvement and family functioning and have provided further insight into the nature of that relationship.
One avenue that many families have chosen to improve their family functioning and strengthen their family relationships is family camps.
If more family camps were to intentionally teach principles to families, or base their programming on fundamental family leisure principles, they may be much more effective in actually strengthening family relationships and improving family functioning.
Family acculturation, family leisure involvement, and family functioning among Mexican-Americans.
Leisure and family functioning in adoptive families: Implications for therapeutic recreation.
The influence of challenging recreation on family functioning.
Family functioning and leisure in single-parent families.
Contributions of family leisure to family functioning among transracial adoptive families.
Accommodations are best made on an individual case basis covering all aspects of functioning for the client with CFS.