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The standing, state, or condition of an individual; the rights, obligations, capacities, and incapacities that assign an individual to a given class.

For example, the term status is used in reference to the legal state of being an infant, a ward, or a prisoner, as well as in reference to a person's social standing in the community.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

STATUS. The condition of persons. It also means estate, because it signifies the condition or circumstances in which the owner stands with regard to his property. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1689.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Pending the outcomes of the report of his mental status, he pleaded with the court for the accused to be remanded in custody.
* Over-the-counter drugs and supplements may exert neurologic effects via histaminergic, muscarinic, glutamatergic, adrenergic, or serotonergic effects--all of which can alter brain chemistry and contribute to mental status changes.
Blood samples of patients were One hundred fifty five patients were recruited for the study and their serum albumin, INR, mental status; systolic blood pressure and age were recorded.
Bilateral paramedian thalamic involvement is classically characterized by a triad of altered mental status, vertical gaze palsy, and memory impairment with or without coma.
Group Pre-test Post-test O M1 M2 M3 M4 Experimental X1 X2 X3 X4 Pre-test is an examination of the mental status of the patients before the intervention.
(%) case-patients with severe respiratory illness, N = 20 Cough 19 (95) Chest congestion 13 (65) Shortness of breath 5 (25) Wheezing 3 (15) Fever * 3 (15) Altered mental status 2 (10) Sign or symptom Case-patients with lower respiratory tract infection, no.
Dr Sapra was escorted into my office by the investigating officer who requested that I examine her mental status," Dr Kamau said.
The symptoms are fever, nausea, vomiting, severe frontal headache, stiff neck, seizures, altered mental status and eventual coma the announcement concluded.
Objective: To determine mental status of the hirsute women using Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS).
Ishida, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues conducted a cohort study to examine the correlation between opioid use and time to first emergency room visit or hospitalization for altered mental status, fall, or fracture among 140,899 Medicare-covered adults receiving hemodialysis in 2011.
Defined as pH [less than or equal to]7.00, bicarbonate level [less than or equal to]10.00 mEq/L, anion gap >12 mEq/L, positive ketones, and altered mental status, severe DKA is seen more commonly in low- and middle-income countries where there is less access to medical services (3, 6).
It isn't just the surgery itself that is a concern; general anesthesia is associated with a greater risk for postoperative delirium (a sudden alteration in mental status) and cognitive dysfunction (a short-term decline in mental function that may last a few days to a few weeks).