Intermittency

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Intermittency

When a non-linear dynamical system alternates between periodic and chaotic behavior. See: Dynamical Systems.
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An occasional wrinkling of his eyebrows, accompanied by an intermittent restlessness in his movements, appeared to indicate some disturbance of this worthy man's professional composure.
The violent sounds had ceased, but more terrible than these, I heard, at what seemed long intervals, the faint intermittent gasping of some living, dying thing!
I further believe, that this very slow, intermittent action of natural selection accords perfectly well with what geology tells us of the rate and manner at which the inhabitants of this world have changed.
5] On the coast of Peru, however, the temperature is not hot to any excessive degree; and perhaps in consequence, the intermittent fevers are not of the most malignant order.
Indeed it appears from Boswell's account that they were personally together, all told, only during a total of one hundred and eighty days at intermittent intervals, plus a hundred more continuously when in 1773 they went on a tour to the Hebrides.
From somewhere in the brush came an intermittent rustling.
There was yet another individual whose residence under that roof was, it is true, only an intermittent one, but whose presence at the time of the strange happenings which will now be narrated brought his name prominently before the public.
An employee taking leave for self-care, who has a medical need for intermittent leave, must also try to schedule it to reduce disruption to the employer's operations and may be reassigned to an equivalently paid position that better accommodates the need for recurring leave.
Coverage of the Intermittent Claudication pipeline on the basis of therapeutic class, route of administration and molecule type.
Now, researchers have developed an extremely simple mathematical model that displays self-organized criticality and appears to capture the way in which biological evolution proceeds via intermittent bursts of activity separated by long periods of quiescence.
Moreover, after several months of intermittent self catherization, the bladder often returns to normal or near-normal function--and the procedure can be discontinued.
Sorenson Medical, Salt Lake City, has introduced its ambIT Continuous infusion pump and ambIT Intermittent infusion pump.