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    What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Hello,

    the following is from an article in nydailynews.com titled "Why do Miley Cyrus and sister Noah dress so inappropriately? Young stars are revealing too much"

    The Cyruses Miley and her younger sister Noah are in a fashion emergency and need help. Stat.

    What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Thank you

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    It means urgent. It's an acronym medical staff use.

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    the following is from an article in nydailynews.com titled "Why do Miley Cyrus and sister Noah dress so inappropriately? Young stars are revealing too much"
    The Cyruses Miley and her younger sister Noah are in a fashion emergency and need help. Stat.
    What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Thank you
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    Olympian,


    I checked my dictionary. "Stat" comes from a Latin word

    meaning "immediately."

    At a hospital, for example, if there's an emergency, the medical

    staff might yell, "Stat" -- meaning that help is needed right this

    second.

    I am an old man who could not care less who Miley and Noah are,

    but apparently from the sentence they dress horribly, and they

    need immediate help with choosing better clothing. Stat!!!

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Thank you lauralie2 and TheParser for your responses.

    I had read 'pronto' in novels to mean 'at once/without delay' although I don't know if people really use that while speaking.

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    #5

    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    I dont use it but some people do. I think most people would understand if they heard it.

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Thank you lauralie2 and TheParser for your responses.

    I had read 'pronto' in novels to mean 'at once/without delay' although I don't know if people really use that while speaking.

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    Olympian,


    "Pronto" is a Spanish word. Today there are many Spanish-

    speaking people in the United States. If you said this word

    to a Spanish-speaking server (waiter/waitress), for example,

    s/he would probably be very offended. Here in the States,

    we must be very careful with our words.

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ..."Stat" comes from a Latin word

    meaning "immediately."..
    The full word's statim, but medical vocabulary was (and still is) often abbreviated. For example, if a doctor wants a pill to be taken daily, s/he writes 'pd' on the prescription (Latin 'per diem).

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    For example, if a doctor wants a pill to be taken daily, s/he writes 'pd' on the prescription (Latin 'per diem).

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    In the US it is written "qd" (quaque die.)

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    In the US it is written "qd" (quaque die.)
    Maybe this is not a Br/Am difference, but a reflection on the handwriting on the prescriptions I've seen. Quaque makes more sense than per.

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'stat'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe this is not a Br/Am difference, but a reflection on the handwriting on the prescriptions I've seen. Quaque makes more sense than per.

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    Not surprising. Only yesterday I received a doctor's note explaining a student's absence. I was barely able to decipher the student's name, and the reason for the absence was totally illegible.

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