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Law the legal standing or condition of a person
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  1. any stable position within a social system associated with specific expectations, rights and duties. 'Status’ in this sense is equivalent to ROLE, although it is the latter term which has the wider currency.
  2. the positive or negative honour, prestige, power, etc., attaching to a position, or an individual person, within a system of SOCIAL STRATIFICATION (often referred to as social status).
Both conceptions derive from forms of society in which individual social locations were relatively fixed (see ASCRIBED STATUS, MAINE), for example by religion or by law (see CASTE, ESTATE). In modern societies status positions tend to be more fluid. See also STATUS GROUP, CLASS, STATUS AND PARTY, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, STATUS CONSISTENCY AND INCONSISTENCY.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in the Hamito-Semitic languages, a grammatical category of the noun that determines whether the noun is definite and whether it has a relationship with other parts of the sentence; in particular, whether the noun has a genitival attribute. A noun’s status also indicates possession, as in Arabic - i(”my”), and demonstrativeness, as in Somali -k-an (”this,” masculine) and -t-an (”this,” feminine). The category of status exists in the Semitic, Coptic, Berber, Cushitic and Chad languages. It is expressed by means of suffixes, prefixes, internal inflection, and distinctions in declensional paradigms.


D’iakonov, I. M. Semito-khamitskie iazyki. Moscow, 1965.
Tucker, A. N., and M. A. Bryan. The Non-Bantu Languages ofNorth-Eastern Africa. London, 1966.
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Finally, we also found that a low performance status (defined by the ECOG and Karnofsky scores) is associated with the presence of delirium.
Elevated serum transaminase activities, [gamma]-GT, and ALP were significantly associated with extended lymphoma disease (advanced Ann Arbor stage, elevated LDH level) and alteration of the host status (poor performance status and presence of B symptoms).
In multivariable analysis, histological type and performance status were significantly associated with OS.
Therefore, some key factors, including disease stage, performance status, GOO scoring system scores, and chemotherapy prior to treatment, were either not recorded or not comparable between the two groups.
We observed statistically significant and clinically relevant differences between HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients with regard to their performance status and stage at presentation.
The majority of patients had performance status ECOG of 1 in groups A and B (57% and 51%, respectively).
When evaluating patients with imaging findings suggestive of malignancy without a tissue diagnosis, it is important to consider re-imaging if their performance status dramatically improves.
On follow-up reviews, it is sometimes noted that the tumour has progressed or that performance status has deteriorated, prompting alterations in radiotherapy from radical to palliative regimens.
As with any large rotating machine, condition monitoring offers a very useful insight into the performance status as well as the expected service life of the equipment.
The proposed recommendation by the AWMSG only includes patients with a Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) score of 70 to 80 and does not include patients outside of this range.
The refreshed app features enhanced battery life functionality and has been integrated into AVG Zen so customers can easily tune-up and check the performance status of their PC, Mac and mobile devices at any time, all from their PC or Android device.
The model is inspired by the phases of cancer, and the principal aims of treatment and care outlined by Kaasa (3), and Twycross (4), in addition to the description of functional status presented in Karnofsky's (5) or The World Health Organization/Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group's (WHO/ECOG's) (6) performance status overview.

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