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Definition: 'Compliance'

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Pronunciation: kom-plī′ants

1. A measure of the distensibility of a chamber expressed as a change in volume per unit change in pressure.
2. The consistency and accuracy with which someone follows the regimen prescribed by a physician or other health professional.
3. A measure of the ease with which a structure or substance is deformed. medicine, physiology usually a measure of the ease with which a hollow viscus (lung, urinary bladder, gallbladder) may be distended, the volume change resulting from the application of a unit pressure differential between the inside and outside of the viscus; the reciprocal of elastance.

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