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confusion

The running together of the traces from different radio sources in the output of a radio telescope. Confusion becomes important at the value of flux density when there is, on average, more than about one source in the beam at once. The radio telescope becomes confusion limited when this flux density is appreciably higher than its sensitivity. Further increase in sensitivity will not then result in fainter sources being detected.

Confusion

Babel
where God confounded speech of mankind. [O.T.: Genesis 11:7–9]
bedlam
from Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, former English insane asylum. [Br. Folklore: Jobes, 193]
Cia
amnesia victim whose identity becomes doubtful when the same identity is claimed by an insane woman. [Ital. Drama: Pirandello As You Desire Me in Sobel, 35]
Comedy of Errors, The
two pairs of identical twins wreak social havoc in Ephesus. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors]
Corybantes
half-divine priests of Cybele; celebrated noisy festivals in her honor. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 67]
Jude
“the other Judas, not Iscariot.” [N.T.: John 14:22]
Labyrinth
maze at Knossos where Minotaur lived. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 185]
Pandemonium
Milton’s capital of the devils. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Pantagruelian Law Case
not understanding the defense, judge gives incomprehensible verdict. [Fr. Lit.: Pantagruel]
Serbonian Bog
Egyptian morass, “where armies whole have sunk.” [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Star-Splitter, The
“We’ve looked and looked, but after all where are we?” [Am. Lit.: “The Star-Splitter” in Hart, 799]
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Large amounts of oral morphine can also lead to a confusional state, delirium, and even increase the pain, he noted.
Approximately half of all admissions to acute hospitals are for older people and, of these, 30-50% are admitted following an acute confusional state and 20% with depression.
A It sounds like she has a condition known as a post-ictal confusional state.
Despite occasional reports of its use in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, obsessional illness, organic confusional states, psychogenic pain, and other conditions (unless there was evidence for depression), "such use has neither theoretical justification nor empirical support and is therefore inappropriate" (Kendall, 1981).
Lipowski, Delirium (Acute Confusional States), 258 JAMA 1789, 1789 (1987) [hereinafter Acute Confusional States].
Notably, these children initially were definitely not healthy but had a wide spectrum of diseases: cranial nerve palsy of unknown etiology (n = 42), strong headache (n = 17), first generalized seizure (n = 12), acute strabismus (n = 8), transient gait disturbance (n = 5), paresthesia of unknown etiology (n = 2), acute confusional state due to migraine (n = 2), benign paroxysmal vertigo (n = 2), and progressive hypacusis of unknown etiology (n = 1).
This syndrome, he says, includes a constellation of symptoms rarely, if ever, found outside conditions of social isolation, including hyperresponsivity to external stimuli (that is, the inability to tolerate certain smells and sounds)l perceptual disturbances; difficulties with thinking, concentration, and memory; severe anxiety and agitation; and, in the most severe cases, onset of a confusional psychosis with severe agitation and paranoia.
Transient cognitive disorders (delirium, acute confusional states) in the elderly.
Dizziness and Confusional State: 18% of patients experienced dizziness and 12% of patients experienced a confusional state; 1% of patients experienced grade 3/4 dizziness, and 3% of patients experienced grade 3/4 confusional state.
Other adverse reactions reported with morphine sulfate extended-release tablets include amenorrhea, asthenia, bronchospasm, confusional state, drug hypersensitivity, fatigue, hyperalgesia, hypertonia, ileus, increased hepatic enzymes, intestinal obstruction, lethargy, malaise, pulmonary edema, thinking disturbances, somnolence, and vertigo.
Most common side effects were dizziness, confusional state, fatigue and somnolence--less common in studies and in Europe were double vision, blurred vision, nausea, constipation, dyspepsia, fatigue and weight gain.