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n. the representation of the letters of the alphabet by shapes formed with the hand. Fingerspelling is used in conjunction with sign language to spell names and other words for which conventional signs do not exist. Many different manual alphabets are available, including the one-handed American Manual Alphabet, which is used in the United States and Canada, and the two-handed British Manual Alphabet, used in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, each specifying distinct shapes for the different letters.

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May 21st 2024

chronic pain

chronic pain

pain that continues to occur despite all medical and pharmacological efforts at treatment. In many cases, the pain is initially caused by tissue damage or disease. The continuation of the pain is often the result of pathological changes in the central nervous system.