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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


activities of daily living  listen  (ak-TIH-vih-teez…DAY-lee LIH-ving)

  The tasks of everyday life. These activities include eating, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, taking a bath or shower, and using the toilet. Instrumental activities of daily living are activities related to independent living and include preparing meals, managing money, shopping, doing housework, and using a telephone. Also called ADL.