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Avolition means lack of volition or will. It refers to a negative symptom of schizophrenia involving a loss of willpower, indecisiveness, and ambivalence.

Awareness characterizes the events in one’s experience that have been symbolized and therefore have entered consciousness.

Awareness as Self-Conciousness refers to May's two (2) aspect of Awareness: (1) Awareness as Self-Conciousness the ability to sense and integrate information about oneself, itself has two

Awareness contexts refer to social interactions among those who are coping with dying arising from the types of communication about the facts of the situation; Glaser and Strauss described closed, suspected, and open awareness, as well as mutual pretense

Awkward posture refers any position of the body while performing work activities that is associated with an increased risk for injury.

Axial myopia a type of Myopia (nearsightedness) in which the eyeball is too long. See also Refractive myopia.
Axial skeleton refers to the skull, vertebral column, ribs, and sternum.

Axis refers to a class of information in DSM-IV regarding an aspect of the individual's functioning. The DSM uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnosing because rarely do other factors in a person's life not impact their mental health.