activities of daily living
Pronunciation: (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.
Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms2005-05-23 Date last modified: 2007-06-28