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executive function

[ ig-zek-yuh-tiv fuhngk-shuhn ]
/ ɪgˈzɛk yə tɪv ˈfʌŋk ʃən /
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noun

a set of cognitive skills used to control one’s thoughts and behavior, especially the skills needed to focus on and organize tasks.

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Also ex·ec·u·tive func·tion·ing [ig-zek-yuh-tiv fuhngk-shuh-ning] /ɪgˈzɛk yə tɪv ˈfʌŋk ʃə nɪŋ/ .
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executive function
[ ĭg-zĕkyə-tĭv ]

n.

The cognitive process that regulates an individual's ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and make decisions. Impairment of executive function is seen in a range of disorders, including some pervasive developmental disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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