Abbreviated New Drug Application

ANDA contains data which, when submitted to FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Generic Drugs, provides for the review and ultimate approval of a generic drug product.

accountable care organization

A health provider-led organization designed to manage a patient’s full continuum of care and be responsible for the overall costs and quality of care for a defined population. Multiple forms of ACOs are possible, including large integrated delivery systems,...

activities of daily living

An index or scale that measures a patient’s degree of independence in bathing, dressing, using the toilet, eating and transferring (moving from a bed to a chair, for example). ADL is used to determine need for long-term services and supports, and eligibility for...

acute care

Medical services provided to treat an illness or injury, usually for a short time. (Contrast with chronic care.)


When a person engages in an activity that can be pleasurable, such as drinking alcohol or even exercising, but the continued action becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities.