- 1. In psychiatry, a term used to describe how interpersonal relationships are negotiated. 2. The path or method used to expose the operative field during an operation. [M.E., fr. O. Fr., fr L.L. appropio, to come nearer, fr. ad, to + propius, nearer]- facial recess a. a surgical a. to the middle ear from the mastoid through the recess lateral to the facial nerve canal.- idiographic a. the comprehensive study of an individual as a basis for understanding human behavior in general.- infratemporal a. surgical a. to the base of the skull and its contents from inferior to the temporal bone.- middle fossa a. surgical a. to the cerebellopontine angle through that portion of the floor of the middle cranial fossa that is the anterior surface of the petrous pyramid of the temporal bone.- nomothetic a. a frame of psychologic reference that attempts to provide norms and general principles of behavior by the study of groups.- posterior fossa a. surgical a. to the cerebellopontine angle through the mastoid process of the temporal bone.- regressive-reconstructive a. a form of psychotherapy in which regression, in order to resurrect some original psychic trauma, is an integral part of the treatment.- retrosigmoid a. a surgical a. to the cerebellopontine angle through the occipital bone posterior to the sigmoid sinus.* * *Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease
* * *ap·proach ə-'prōch n the surgical procedure by which access is gained to a bodily part
* * *ap·proach (ə-prōchґ) 1. the method used to reach some goal. 2. the specific anatomic dissection by which an organ or part is exposed in surgery.
Medical dictionary. 2011.