signalment

signalment

(ˈsɪɡnəlmənt)
n
(Law) US a detailed description of a person, for identification or use in police records
[from French signalement, from signaler to distinguish]

sig•nal•ment

(ˈsɪg nl mənt)

n.
a detailed description of a person's distinguishing features, usu. for police identification.
[1770–80]

signalment

a detailed description of a person for purposes of identification by police.
See also: Crime
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As with most diseases in dogs, common causes can be ruled in or out based on the signalment (the age and breed).
Clinical history of lambs in England with nonsuppurative encephalomyelitis and results of testing of archived samples for presence of OvPV in spinal cord and brain * Year Signalment Case information (case reference) 1998 3/week/old mule Clinical signs of head tilt, rolling lamb (1454/98) eyes and star gazing, and rapid onset of ataxia, recumbency, and paddling; no response to antimicrobial drugs, multivitamins including B1.
Data collected included age, body weight, and signalment of the birds, cause of the fracture, whether the fracture was open or closed, location of the fracture (proximal, mid-diaphyseal, or distal tibiotarsal), presence or lack of deep pain in the affected limb during the initial physical exam, type of repair used in fracture fixation, use of anesthesia or sedation, use of analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs, number of bandage changes, time to fracture stability based on palpation, presence of radiographic evidence of bony healing and alignment at time of palpable stability, complications of fracture repair, and final outcome of each case.
Signalment, history, and diagnostic imaging should provide enough information for the clinician to differentiate the etiology of the disease.
Veterinary specialists from the US provide 115 chapters (in alphabetical order by disease) that explain the definition, etiology and pathophysiology, signalment and history, common clinical signs, differential diagnosis, diagnostics, therapeutics, and other information in a bullet format.
Detailed signalment, history, physical examination, radiographic examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry and ruminal fluid examination were undertaken in each case to arrive at tentative diagnosis.
Signalment factors, comorbidity, and trends in behavior diagnoses in dogs: 1,644 cases (1991-2001).
Close-ended questions were used to identify cat signalment (age, breed, sex, neuter status, and declaw status), source of the cats (how they were obtained), housing environment, and feeding practices.