American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Biology Not specifically adapted to a particular environment or function; not specialized.
- adj. Generally prevalent: observed a state of generalized discontent.
- adj. Medicine Involving an entire organ.
- adj. Medicine Spreading through or affecting the entire body; not localized: a generalized infection.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Specifically, in biology, common or primitive, as a structure or organism; representing or held to represent a broad or general type of form; synthetic; undifferentiated: the opposite of specialized: as, a lucernarian is or represents a generalized type of hydrozoans; some fossil mammals had a generalized dental formula.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Comprising structural characters which are separated in more specialized forms; synthetic.
- adj. not biologically differentiated or adapted to a specific function or environment
“A major reason for presenting an exhaustive review of the Inuit economy in Nunavut is to dispel the commonly held view that the Inuit traditional economy can be summed up by the term generalized reciprocity.”
“Today I introduced a new bill that would suspend what we call the generalized system of preferences.”
“She's highly skilled in generalized answers - keeping herself above the fray.”
“Chronic persistent anxiety neurosis is known as generalized anxiety disorder.”
“In fact, the prevalence was 2.1 percent in these 23 cities, much higher than what we usually term a generalized epidemic, which is one percent.”
“Through mid-July, CMAG, which uses automated capture technologies to monitor the airwaves, identified $9.7 million supporting Obama’s recently unveiled health care plan, $4.7 million opposing it, and $19.7 million more in generalized spending by groups staking out positions either before Obama detailed his plan or not directly supporting or opposing it.”
“The sector under my control in the Department of Nephrology specialized in so-called "systemic" disease, or disease characterized by generalized abnormalities of the immune system.”
“If people who are already predisposed to anxiety are additionally stressed by ongoing life events (such as those noted above), their tendencies can bloom into what is called generalized anxiety disorder.”
“V over an involutive division ring is called a generalized Hilbert space if its lattice of closed subspaces”
“That's not to minimize what the mentalhealth folk call generalized anxiety.”
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