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1. A motion like that of waves; a moving in this and that direction; as, the fluctuations of the sea.

2. A wavering; unsteadiness; as, fluctuations of opinion; fluctuations of prices.

3. (Science: medicine) The motion or undulation of a fluid collected in a natural or artifical cavity, which is felt when it is subjected to pressure or percussion.

Origin: L. Fluctuatio; cf. F. Fluctuation.

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... disorder that caused him to be hyperthyroid about 8 years ago. He had his Thyroid irradiated and started taking generic thyroid. The initial fluctuation caused him to behave so erratically that he had to be hospitalized. The doctor assured us it wasn't the medication but once his thyroid ...

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Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:08 am
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Re: Genetic drift

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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... you’ve also chosen an arbitrary way to divide up possible causes for the universe. If I change the statement to “Either the universe is a quantum fluctuation, or it was caused by a nonrandom but unintelligent event in some other universe, or it was created,” do these now all have a possibility ...

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by AstraSequi
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Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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by Melina1981
Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:06 pm
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Re: Entropy

... I don't know whether it was already translated into English. The main idea of the book as follows: Order is created by order factor, not by fluctuation; Entropy is a wrong theory. Orderness has nothing to do with entropy.

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by Alberts
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Entropy
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