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Definition of Activities of daily living (ADLs)

Activities of daily living (ADLs): The things we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure. The ability or inability to perform ADLs can be used as a very practical measure of ability/disability in many disorders.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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