2nd October 2019

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What is waxing and waning mental status?

Physicians describe delirium as a medical condition that causes a patient's mental status to shift back and forth (sometimes explained as “waxing and waning”). Caregivers often think of it as when their family member seems “not themselves,” either in the hospital or after they come home.

Similarly one may ask, what is waxing and waning mean?

Waning is the opposite, or decreasing after a full moon, and is always illuminated on the left. Then, there is a waxing or waning Gibbous moon, which means more than half of the moon is illuminated. And then a waxing or waning Crescent Moon, when less than half is illuminated.

What is the definition of waxing and waning?

adj (of the Moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon decreases. “after full moon comes the waning moon” Antonyms: waxing. (of the moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon increases.

What is waxing and waning breathing?

Cheyne-Stokes respiration. [chān stōks] breathing characterized by rhythmic waxing and waning of the depth of respiration; the patient breathes deeply for a short time and then breathes very slightly or stops breathing altogether. The pattern occurs over and over, every 45 seconds to 3 minutes.