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modality

[moh-dal-i-tee] /moʊˈdæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural modalities.
1.
the quality or state of being modal.
2.
an attribute or circumstance that denotes mode or manner.
3.
Also called mode. Logic. the classification of propositions according to whether they are contingently true or false, possible, impossible, or necessary.
4.
Medicine/Medical. the application of a therapeutic agent, usually a physical therapeutic agent.
5.
one of the primary forms of sensation, as vision or touch.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Medieval Latin modālitās. See modal, -ity
Related forms
multimodality, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for multimodalities

modality

/məʊˈdælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition of being modal
2.
a quality, attribute, or circumstance that denotes mode, mood, or manner
3.
(logic) the property of a statement of being classified under one of the concepts studied by modal logic, esp necessity or possibility
4.
any physical or electrical therapeutic method or agency
5.
any of the five senses
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Word Origin and History for multimodalities

modality

n.

1610s, from Old French modalité or directly from Medieval Latin modalitatem (nominative modalitas) "a being modal," from modalis (see modal). Related: Modalities.

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multimodalities in Medicine

modality mo·dal·i·ty (mō-dāl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. A therapeutic method or agent, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or electrotherapy, that involves the physical treatment of a disorder.

  2. Any of the various types of sensation, such as vision or hearing.

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