Word of the Day: TOLERANCE

tol·er·ance

noun \ˈtä-lə-rən(t)s, ˈtäl-rən(t)s\

: willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own

: the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant

medical : your body’s ability to become adjusted to something (such as a drug) so that its effects are experienced less strongly

Full Definition of TOLERANCE

1:  capacity to endure pain or hardship :  endurance, fortitude, stamina
2a :  sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own

 b :  the act of allowing something :  toleration
3:  the allowable deviation from a standard; especially :  the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece
4a (1) :  the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <developed a tolerance to painkillers>; also :  the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2) :  relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factor

 b :  the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

Examples of TOLERANCE

  1. a tolerance for other lifestyles
  2. The plants have a high tolerance for heat.
  3. Some patients gradually develop a tolerance for the drug and need to be given a larger dose.
  4. Some patients develop greater tolerance for the drug’s effects.

First Known Use of TOLERANCE

15th century

Related to TOLERANCE

tol·er·ance

noun \ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TOLERANCE

1
: the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <developed a tolerance to painkillers>
2
: the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen
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