activity of daily living

[ ak-tiv-i-teeuhv dey-lee liv-ing ]

  1. Usually ac·tiv·i·ties of dai·ly liv·ing . any of the routine tasks an individual must be capable of performing in order to function independently, as dressing, eating, moving around, and maintaining personal hygiene: While she was recovering from a broken hip, insurance paid for a home health aide to help her with activities of daily living.

Origin of activity of daily living

First recorded in 1945–50
  • Also called ADL .

Words Nearby activity of daily living Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023