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A deficiency, misappropriation, or defalcation; a minus balance; something wanting.

Deficit is commonly used to mean any kind of shortage, as in an account, a number, or a balance due. Deficit spending or financing involves taking in less money than the amount that is paid out.


Federal Budget.

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n. a shortage, less than is due, or in the case of a business or government budget, more expenditures than income. Unbalanced budgets with a planned year-end deficit are prohibited at every level of government except the federal.

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DEFICIT. This Latin term signifies that something is wanting. It is used to express the deficiency which is discovered in the accounts of an accountant, or in the money in which he has received.

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There have been very few studies in Pakistan on hearing deficit, one study in 2008 showed nearly similar frequency of 20%as ours.7 Some studies report incidence of 30%8 whereas a study in Kenya showed incidence of 43%.8 Where as a UK study shows only 7.4% meningitis cases with hearing loss.9 The increased hearing loss in developing countries can be due to incomplete vaccination and complicated course of meningitis.
A diagnosis of hearing deficit was made in 385 patients (0.27%) after application of ARB (Auditory Brainstem Response).
The association of a hearing deficit with Larsen's syndrome.
The natural history of OME includes spontaneous clearing of the fluid in 60% to 65% of children every 3 months, with an even higher rate of clearing if the fluid occurs following acute otitis media.[4] Among those children with persistent effusion, only a minority have significant hearing deficits bilaterally, resulting in only a few requiring intervention, possibly less than 5% of those with OME.[5] We only need to be concerned about the child who is destined to develop an adverse outcome of consequence.
Sensory impairment was entered into a multiple logistic regression together with the psycho-social and the functional variables (Table III), in a first model restricted to men with a hearing deficit and in a second model to those with double sensory impairment.
As over 90% of children were below 5 years of age, the degree of hearing deficit in relation to age could not be demonstrated.
And babies born during periods with universal newborn hearing screening have higher language scores in childhood than babies who were not screened for hearing deficits at birth.
Solvent-induced ototoxicity in rats: an atypical selective mid-frequency hearing deficit. Hear Res (80):25-30.
A malformed ear or preauricular tags, for example, may hint at the presence of a hearing deficit, noted Dr.
(13) Furthermore, the proportion of children with abnormal impedance increased as the hearing deficit increased.
Audiometric testing in these patients may reveal a poor word discrimination score that is out of proportion with the pure-tone hearing deficit. The role of imaging in the diagnosis of CJD is controversial.
Fifteen of 33 patients (45.5%) who were evaluated prospectively had developed a hearing deficit between 2 and 5 years postirradiation.