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(less commonly), remittal
1. the act of remitting or state of being remitted
2. a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conduct
3. forgiveness for sin



a period during the course of a chronic disease of man or animals during which the disease’s symptoms diminish or disappear. Remissions may result from the cyclic nature of a disease, as in the case of malaria, manic-depressive psychosis, or familial Mediterranean fever. They may also arise spontaneously, as with nephrolithiasis, or result from treatment, as in the case of schizophrenia or chronic dysentery.

Remissions may be complete or incomplete, depending on the degree of abatement of the subjective and objective symptoms of the disease. Complete remissions may continue for months and years, as in the case of lymphogranulomatosis. In other diseases, remission is unstable and may soon give way to a recurrence of the disease. Some symptoms of a disease, such as chromosome disturbance in the case of leukoses, may persist during complete remissions; therefore, maintenance therapy is often continued. At times it is difficult to distinguish complete remissions of many years from actual recovery, for example, with acute lymphoblastic leukosis in children.

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In comparison, only 4 percent of the control group, who received standard care, achieved remission.
The Department of Justice is working to develop alternative models for incentivising good behaviour in prison before the removal of remissions from July next year.
They suggested that lack of agreed criteria and guidance over recoding may have led to hesitation in coding remission, but the main reason for the low recording is probably that few patients are attempting or achieving remission.
At the beginning of our article, we cited the naturalistic trial by Schennach et al, (1) which investigated the discrepancy between remission status using the Consensus Criteria and remaining impairments or "residual symptoms" found in remitted patients.
The Prime Minister also advised for total remission to male prisoners who are 65 years of age or above and have undergone at least one-third of their substantive sentence except those involved in culpable homicide, and in terrorist acts.
Turner says that ignoring these remission cases is "scientifically irresponsible.
In 1981, Pinals and colleagues presented a report of a committee of the ACR for preliminary remission criteria for RA.
Studies have found wide variability in the definition of remission from depression and in terms used to describe it.
More aggressive treatment prior to remission also boded poorly for maintaining that remission," he noted.
Median time to remission was 10 months, 8 months, and 9 months, respectively.
Even though PV can enter remission and allow therapy discontinuation, it is difficult to predict the length of time it will take to induce remission and how long will it last once achieved (4).
Clinical remission is not an uncommon finding in cats with well-controlled diabetes, though few studies have explored predictors of remission.