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Value, measure, or degree; a charge, payment, or price determined through the application of a mathematical formula or based upon a scale or standard.

For example, an interest rate is determined by the ratio between the principal and interest.

Rate is also used synonymously with tax.

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

RATE. A public valuation or assessment of every man's estate; or the ascertaining how much tax every one shall pay. Vide Pow. Mortg. Index, h.t.; Harr. Dig. h.t.; 1 Hopk. C. R. 87.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Evaluation of a fully automated system for determination of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Blood 1989; 34:1-9.
Test performance of erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein in assessing the severity of acute pelvic inflammatory disease.
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate tends to be very high.
Her erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 150 mm/h at this time.
It also suggests that regular monitoring of erythrocyte sedimentation rate and other inflammatory markers might provide a way to identify RA patients at increased near-term risk of developing HF--and that could open the door to new preventive approaches, Dr.
Her erythrocyte sedimentation rate was very high at 93 mm/hr, but two blood cultures and a urine culture were sterile, and a stool culture for routine pathogens also was negative.
Laboratory investigations demonstrated a C-reactive protein level of 262 mg/L, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 125 mm in the first hour, and a leukocyte count of 12.6 x 109/L with 9.1 x 109/L neutrophils.
Several blood tests (erythrocyte sedimentation rate, angiotensin-converting enzyme I levels, Lyme titer, folate, vitamin [B.sub.12], ceruloplasmin, CSF analysis, thyroid panel, CHEM-7, and CBC) were ordered, all of which were negative or within normal limits.
A Both the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) should be included in the standard work-up for stroke patients.
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate had returned to normal (3 mm/h), as had the AST, LDH, and alkaline phosphatase.

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