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1) n. from Latin for caput, meaning "head," the basic assets of a business (particularly corporations or partnerships) or of an individual, including actual funds, equipment and property as distinguished from stock in trade, inventory, payroll, maintenance and services. 2) adj. related to the basic assets or activities of a business or individual, such as capital account, capital assets, capital expenditure, and capital gain or loss. 3) n. an amount of money a person owns, as in "how much capital do you have to put into this investment?" as distinguished from the amount which must be financed. (See: capital account, capital assets, capital gains or losses, stock in trade)

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CAPITAL, political economy, commerce. In political economy, it is that portion of the produce of a country, which may be made directly available either to support the human species or to the facilitating of production.
     2. In commerce, as applied to individuals, it is those objects, whether consisting of money or other property, which a merchant, trader, or other person adventures in an undertaking, or which he contributes to the common stock of a partnership. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1458.
     3. It signifies money put out at interest.
     4. The fund of a trading company or corporation is also called capital, but in this sense the word stock is generally added to it; thus we say the capital stock of the Bank of North America.

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Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is the gradually acquired mal-alignment of the proximal femoral metaphysis and capital epiphysis.
In most SCFE cases, the capital femoral epiphysis is displaced posterior and medial relative to the femoral neck.
(21) In addition, a number of secondary causes of dysplasia exist, including neuromuscular diseases, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Perthes disease, trauma, or epiphyseal dysplasias.
An obese child who presents with knee or hip pain may very well have a slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
There are two distinct types--cam and pincer-although, many patients have a combination of both (Figure 2).(2) The cam (or "pistol-grip") deformity is known to be associated with femoral neck fractures, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (Figure 3), and Legg-Calve-Perthes' disease.
Femoral acetabular impingement "may be related to slipped capital femoral epiphysis injuries, which usually occur in overweight children, but we think there is a more athletic body habitus in which the femoral head slowly creeps back because of athletic endeavors, he said at a meeting sponsored by Rady Children's Hospital and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
TS is a self-limiting, good-prognosis disease, whereas LCPD, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and septic arthritis of the hip are poor-prognosis diseases if the diagnosis is delayed.
Although this is the finding common before the fusion of capital femoral epiphysis associated with diffuse flattening of femoral head, in our study it was seen in age ranging from 10-41yrs.
The etiology of these lesions can arise from a multitude of causes, including trauma, developmental dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and osteonecrosis.
* Stabilization with in situ pinning is the gold standard treatment for slipped capital femoral epiphysis, whether the slip is stable or unstable.
* Children with knee or hip pain and xray findings suggestive of slipped capital femoral epiphysis or Blount's disease (tibia vara) may need orthopedic evaluation.
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is defined as a posterior and inferior slippage of the proximal femoral epiphysis (femoral head) on the metaphysis (femoral neck), occurring through the epiphyseal growth plate during the early adolescent growth spurt.