the relative frequency of occurrence of words that are differentiated in one and the same position by only one distinctive feature. In English, the opposition of voiced and voiceless th has a low functional load being used only to distinguish such pairs as ether and either, or wreath and wreathe.
[fuhngk-shuh-nl] /ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or : functional difficulties in the administration. 2. capable of operating or : When will the ventilating system be functional again? 3. having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed: functional architecture; a chair that is […]
noun 1. individualized medical care that recognizes the interactions between genetic and environmental factors and between the body’s interconnected systems. noun a type of holistic or alternative medicine that analyzes and treats interdependent systems of the body in seeking a dynamic balance for good health Usage Note medicine
- Functional murmur
functional murmur n. A cardiac murmur not associated with a heart lesion. Also called innocent murmur, inorganic murmur.
- Functional neurosurgery
functional neurosurgery n. The surgical destruction or chronic excitation of a part of the brain as treatment of a physiological or psychological disorder.