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Law the legal standing or condition of a person


  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.



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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2) At present the estrogen receptor status is considered the most powerful predictive marker in breast cancer management.
Size at age seven was also found to determine tumour characteristics, in particular, estrogen receptor status.
Patients in these three groups had similar tumor characteristics, received similar adjuvant therapies, and had similar estrogen receptor status.
Severe neutropenia was also predicted by initial white blood cell count, estrogen receptor status and specific chemotherapy regimen in a second study by Dr.
Estrogen Receptor Status of Primary Breast Cancer Is Predictive of Estrogen Receptor Status of Contralateral Breast Cancer, Oxford journal 2004: 96 (13); 1041.
However, patient race, estrogen receptor status and progesterone receptor status were not associated with increased risk.
The first 2 years of the study included women with tumor diameters up to 4 cm regardless of estrogen receptor status, but in 1996 investigators limited eligibility to women with tumors of 2 cm or less with positive or unknown estrogen-receptor status.
The amount of information extracted in this fashion dwarfs that obtainable via the handful of individual prognostic markers traditionally used in breast cancer, such as patient age, estrogen receptor status, tumor size and histology and axillary node status.

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