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a national, private, nonprofit organization, founded in 1951, whose purpose is to encourage the attainment of uniformly high standards of institutional medical care. Formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), it changed to its present name in 2007. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits hospitals and health care organizations that provide managed care (including HMOs, PPOs, and integrated delivery systems), home care, long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory services, and ambulatory care services.

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June 18th 2024

clonus

clonus

n. a type of involuntary movement caused by a rapid succession of alternate muscular contractions and relaxations. Although some forms of clonus, such as hiccups, are considered normal, most such movements are abnormal; for example, clonus occurs as part of a tonic–clonic seizure. More severe forms are associated with spinal cord damage, poisoning (e.g., from strychnine), or an infection (e.g., syphilis).