Chapter 1 Department of Health 68-1-101 – 68-1-2408
Chapter 2 Local Health Services 68-2-601 – 68-2-1001
Chapter 3 Vital Records Act of 1977 68-3-101 – 68-3-703
Chapter 4 Disposition of Dead Bodies 68-4-101 – 68-4-113
Chapter 5 Prevention of Diseases 68-5-101 – 68-5-906
Chapter 6 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act 68-6-101 – 68-6-104
Chapter 8 Rabies 68-8-101 – 68-8-113
Chapter 9 Tuberculosis 68-9-101 – 68-9-207
Chapter 10 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 68-10-101 – 68-10-118
Chapter 11 Health Facilities and Resources 68-11-201 – 68-11-2102
Chapter 12 Treatment of Disabled Children 68-12-101 – 68-12-112
Chapter 14 Hotels, Food Service Establishments and Swimming Pools 68-14-301 – 68-14-807
Chapter 15 Miscellaneous Sanitary Regulations 68-15-201 – 68-15-303
Chapter 24 Alcohol and Drug Treatment 68-24-301 – 68-24-701
Chapter 29 Tennessee Medical Laboratory Act 68-29-101 – 68-29-139
Chapter 30 Anatomical Gifts 68-30-101 – 68-30-402
Chapter 32 Blood Donations 68-32-101 – 68-32-105
Chapter 34 Family Planning Act of 1971 68-34-101 – 68-34-111
Chapter 35 Renal Disease 68-35-101 – 68-35-103
Chapter 41 Hemophilia 68-41-101 – 68-41-104
Chapter 49 Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders 68-49-101 – 68-49-103
Chapter 55 Head and Spinal Cord Injury Information System 68-55-101 – 68-55-503
Chapter 57 Surgical Technologists 68-57-101 – 68-57-106
Chapter 58 Breastfeeding 68-58-101 – 68-58-103
Chapter 59 Tennessee Trauma Center Funding Law of 2007 68-59-101 – 68-59-105
Chapter 60 Asthma 68-60-101

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 68 > Health

  • Abuse: means the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
  • Accumulated contributions: means the sum of all the amounts deducted from the compensation of a member, together with any amount transferred to the account of the member established pursuant to chapters 34-37 of this title from the respective account of the member under one (1) or more of the superseded systems, with interest thereon, as provided in §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
     
  • Adjourn: A motion to adjourn a legislative chamber or a committee, if passed, ends that day's session.
  • Adult: means an individual who is at least eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
  • Adult care home: means a single family residence licensed pursuant to this part in which twenty-four-hour residential care, including assistance with activities of daily living, is provided in a homelike environment to no more than five (5) adults who are elderly or have a disability. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
  • Adult care home provider: means a person twenty-one (21) years of age or older who owns and operates an adult care home and meets all education, training and experience requirements prescribed in this part and in regulations promulgated by the board pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
  • Advance directive: means an individual instruction or a written statement relating to the subsequent provision of health care for the individual, including, but not limited to, a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Advisory council: means the traumatic brain injury advisory council established pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 68-55-101
  • Advisory council: means the Tennessee trauma care advisory council, formerly known as the trauma task force. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Agent: means an individual:

    • (A) Authorized to make healthcare decisions on the principal's behalf by a power of attorney for healthcare or an advance directive. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102

    • Agent: means an individual designated in an advance directive for health care to make a health care decision for the individual granting the power. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
    • Agriculture: means :

      • (i) The land, buildings and machinery used in the commercial production of farm products and nursery stock. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      • Alcoholic beverages: has the meaning given in §. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
      • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
      • Ambulatory surgical treatment center: means any institution, place, or building devoted primarily to the maintenance and operation of a facility for the performance of surgical procedures or any facility in which a surgical procedure is utilized to terminate a pregnancy. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
      • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
      • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
      • Analytic testing: means that phase of medical laboratory testing, as defined by the board, that can impact the reliability of the results reported. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
      • Anatomical gift: means a donation of all or part of a human body to take effect after the donor's death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
      • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
      • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
      • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
      • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
      • Appointing authority: means a commissioner, department, officer or agency having power to make appointments to, and separations from, positions in state service. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
      • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
      • Approved hospitals: means hospitals approved by the commissioner as having adequate facilities and staff for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
      • Approved laboratory: means a publicly or privately operated laboratory approved by the department according to its rules, governing the approval and licensing of laboratories for the purposes of this part. See Tennessee Code 68-5-601
      • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
      • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
      • Assisted-care living facility: means a facility, building, establishment, complex or distinct part thereof that accepts primarily aged persons for domiciliary care and services as described in this section. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
      • Assisted-care living facility resident: means primarily an aged person who requires domiciliary care and who, upon admission to the facility, if not ambulatory, is capable of self-transfer from the bed to a wheelchair or similar device and is capable of propelling the wheelchair or similar device independently. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
      • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
      • Attorney general: means the attorney general and reporter and any assistant thereto by whatever name known, any district attorney general and any assistant thereto by whatever name called, and any officer or full-time employee of the general assembly or any committee thereof established by statute, who is duly licensed to practice law in Tennessee, whose duty it is to provide facilities for drafting bills or to assist individual legislators in drafting bills or who renders legal advice and services to the members of the general assembly or committees thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Authority: means a port authority created pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 7-87-103
      • Auxiliary food service operation: means a designated area located within or adjacent to a food service establishment sharing common ownership or management, and whose primary purpose is serving beverages. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
      • Average final compensation: means the average annual earnable compensation of a member during the five (5) consecutive years of the member's creditable service affording the highest such average, or during all of the years in the member's creditable service if less than five (5) years. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
      • Bailiff: a court officer who enforces the rules of behavior in courtrooms.
      • Balanced budget: A budget in which receipts equal outlays.
      • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
      • Base tax revenues: means the revenues generated from the collection of state and local sales and use taxes from all businesses within the applicable tourism development zone as of the end of the fiscal year of the state of Tennessee immediately prior to the year in which the municipality or public authority is entitled to receive an allocation of tax revenue pursuant to this chapter, adjusted annually after the first year by a percentage equal to the percentage of change in the collection of state and local sales and use taxes derived from the sale of goods, products and services for the entire county in which the public use facility is located for the preceding fiscal year. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
      • Bedding: means any mattress, mattress pad, mattress protector pad, box spring, upholstered spring, upholstered sofa bed, quilted pad, comforter, bolster, cushion, pillow, featherbed, sleeping bag, or any other bag, case, or covering that is:

        • (A) Made of leather, textile, or other material. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201

        • Beneficially impacted area: means the geographic area within which it is reasonably anticipated and projected that state and local sales and use taxes will increase as a result of the construction and operation of the qualified public use facility by an amount in excess of the increases in the collection of state and local sales and use tax revenues reasonably projected to occur within that area without regard to the construction of the public use facility. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
        • Beneficiary: means any person, persons or institution receiving a retirement allowance or other benefit as provided in chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
        • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
        • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
        • Birth defects: means those abnormalities of body structure or function present at birth that adversely affect the intellectual capacity, health or abilities of affected individuals. See Tennessee Code 68-5-501
        • Birthing center: means any institution, facility, place or building devoted exclusively or primarily to the provision of routine delivery services and postpartum care for mothers and their newborn infants. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
        • board: means the board provided for in part 3 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
        • Board: means the medical laboratory board, created by §. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
        • Board: means the board for licensing health care facilities, as established in §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
        • Board: means the board for licensing health care facilities. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2101
        • Board of appeals: refers to the state employees' appeals board established by §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
        • board of directors: means the governing body of the authority. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
        • Business records: means all those books, ledgers, records, papers and other documents prepared, kept, made or received at hospitals that pertain to the organization, administration or management of the business and affairs of hospitals, but that do not constitute hospital records as defined in subdivision (5). See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
        • Cancer: means and includes, but is not limited to:

          • (A) A large group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002

          • Capable of providing neuroendovascular treatment: means the capacity to:

            • (A) Properly assess, diagnose using advanced imaging devices, and treat stroke patients with complex cases of ischemic stroke, including emergent large vessel occlusion causing the loss of blood supply to a part of the brain and requiring immediate treatment at a facility with a trained team of neurointerventional surgeons, vascular neurologists, and assisting medical personnel. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2101

            • Capacity: means an individual's ability to understand the significant benefits, risks, and alternatives to proposed health care and to make and communicate a health care decision. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
            • Case law: The law as laid down in cases that have been decided in the decisions of the courts.
            • Cat: means all domesticated members of the feline family. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
            • Certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth: means a certificate issued to record the birth of a stillborn child. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
            • Certificate of need: means a permit granted by the health services and development agency to any person for the establishment or modification of a health care institution, facility, or covered health service, at a designated location. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
            • Certified child death pathologist: means a pathologist who is board certified or board eligible in forensic pathology, and who has received training in, and agrees to follow, the autopsy protocol, policies and guidelines for child death investigation, as prescribed by the chief medical examiner for the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1101
            • Chambers: A judge's office.
            • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
            • Chest disease hospitals: means state-owned hospitals established, operated and maintained by the department for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of tuberculosis. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
            • Chief medical examiner: means the individual appointed pursuant to title 38, chapter 7. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1101
            • Claims data: means :

              • (A) A general claims data set aggregated by month and year, for the most recent thirty-six (36) months of available data, and describing the claims experience with the following information:

                • (i) Number of enrolled employees, including whether the individual is active or a retiree. See Tennessee Code 8-27-301

                • class of positions: means a group of positions in state service determined by the commissioner to have sufficiently similar duties, authority, and responsibility such that:

                  • (A) The same qualifications may be reasonably required for. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103

                  • classified service: includes all positions and employees in the sheriff's department, except for the sheriff, the sheriff's personal secretary, and the cook for the jail facility, and, in those counties deciding to do so, the chief deputy sheriff. See Tennessee Code 8-8-403
                  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
                  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  • Codicil: An addition, change, or supplement to a will executed with the same formalities required for the will itself.
                  • Collection station: means any place or entity that has as its primary purpose either the collection of specimens directly from patients or the bringing together of specimens after collection for the purpose of referral to a medical laboratory where testing is performed. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                  • Collector: includes any person entrusted with the collection of public revenue. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  • Comfort exchange policy: means a policy offered by a mattress manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer to a mattress buyer authorizing the buyer to exchange the mattress for a different firmness or for other reasons, within a certain period. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's duly authorized representative, and in the event of the commissioner's absence or vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                  • Commissioner: means any person in office as a member of the public service commission, as prescribed by title 65, chapter 1, prior to June 30, 1996. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designated representative. See Tennessee Code 68-1-801
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1802
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2202
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2302
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designee. See Tennessee Code 68-5-601
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or a duly authorized representative. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or a designated representative. See Tennessee Code 68-5-501
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or the commissioner's duly authorized representative. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's authorized representative, or in the event of the commissioner's absence or a vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designee. See Tennessee Code 68-10-101
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-55-101
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-34-102
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designated representative. See Tennessee Code 68-41-101
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1302
                  • Commissioner: refers to the commissioner of human resources appointed under §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's duly authorized representative, and in the event of the commissioner's absence or vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's duly authorized representative, and in the event of the commissioner's absence or a vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                  • Committee: means the perinatal advisory committee. See Tennessee Code 68-1-801
                  • Committee: means the genetics advisory committee. See Tennessee Code 68-5-501
                  • committees: means the state insurance committee created in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-101
                  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
                  • Communication: means the making or submitting of a statement or document in any form or medium, including oral, written, audiovisual, or electronic. See Tennessee Code 20-17-103
                  • Community grant: means federal funds made available to the state of Tennessee for administration and distribution pursuant to any of the following programs:

                    • (A) The maternal and child health block grant program. See Tennessee Code 8-4-402

                    • Community grant agency: means any private corporation that contracts with a state agency to receive one (1) or more community grants in consideration for rendering specified services to the public. See Tennessee Code 8-4-402
                    • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
                    • Confinement: means housed in a building, pen or by some other suitable escape-proof method or enclosure or being leashed. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                    • Conflict of interest: means any matter before the agency in which the member or employee of the agency has a direct or indirect interest that is in conflict or gives the appearance of conflict with the discharge of the member's or employee's duties. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                    • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
                    • continuous nursing care: means round-the-clock observation, assessment, monitoring, supervision or provision of nursing services that can only be performed by a licensed nurse. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                    • Contraceptive procedures: means any medically accepted procedure designed to prevent conception. See Tennessee Code 68-34-102
                    • Contraceptive supplies: means those medically approved items designed to prevent conception through chemical, mechanical or other means. See Tennessee Code 68-34-102
                    • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
                    • Controlled substance: has the meaning given in the Tennessee Drug Control Act of 1989, compiled in title 39, chapter 17, part 4. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                    • Controlled substance analogue: has the meaning given in §. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                    • convention center authority: means any public corporation organized pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                    • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
                    • Cooperative agreement: means an agreement among two (2) or more hospitals for the consolidation by merger or other combination of assets, offering, provision, operation, planning, funding, pricing, contracting, utilization review or management of health services or for the sharing, allocation, or referral of patients, personnel, instructional programs, support services and facilities or medical, diagnostic or laboratory facilities or procedures or other services traditionally offered by hospitals. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1302
                    • Coordinator: means the person designated by the commissioner pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
                    • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
                    • Council: means the public health council, as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                    • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
                    • Countermeasure: means a vaccine or the component parts used in the design, development, clinical testing or investigation or manufacture of a vaccine, including seed stocks, cell lines and plasmids, used to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or otherwise limit the harm of an infectious disease that is:

                      • (A) Approved or cleared under Chapter V of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, compiled in 21 U. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1901

                      • County judge: means any person who is, or when such office existed was, a judge of a general sessions court, trial justice court, county chair, county judge, probate judge, or judge of a juvenile and/or domestic relations court, and whose compensation for such judicial service is paid wholly by a county of the state, or any person who is a county attorney who receives regular monthly or quarterly compensation from a county of the state, or any county manager or county administrator who receives regular monthly or quarterly compensation from a county of the state. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • County mayor: means and includes "county executive" unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • County official: means a county clerk, a clerk of a circuit court, a criminal court, or a probate court, a clerk and master of a chancery court, a clerk of a general sessions court where such general sessions court has an independent clerk who serves such court only, a register of deeds, a county trustee, a sheriff, a county road superintendent elected by a county legislative body, by a county road commission or commissioners, or by popular vote, and an assessor of property, any county commissioner elected by popular vote, serving in a county having a county commission form of government. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • County or municipality: includes any county or incorporated city or town of this state. See Tennessee Code 68-11-602
                      • Course of conduct: means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose, including following or stalking an employee to or from the employee's place of work, entering the workplace of an employee, following an employee during hours of employment, telephone calls to an employee, and correspondence with an employee, including, but not limited to, the use of the public or private mails, interoffice mail, facsimile or computer e-mail. See Tennessee Code 20-14-101
                      • Covered compensation: means , with respect to any calendar year, the amount of a member's earnable compensation subject to contributions under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (26 U. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Credential analysis: means a process or service operating as outlined in rules promulgated by the secretary of state, through which a third person affirms the validity of a government-issued identification credential through review of public and proprietary data sources. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                      • Credible threat of violence: means a knowing and willful statement or course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the person is under threat of death or serious bodily injury and that is intended to, and that actually causes, a person to believe that the person is under threat of death or serious bodily injury. See Tennessee Code 20-14-101
                      • Creditable service: means prior service plus membership service, as provided in part 6 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Criminal disposition: means the disposition of criminal charges constituting an offense against a vulnerable person, as that term is defined by this section, either by conviction, or by pretrial diversion authorized by any court pursuant to title 40, chapter 15, or by an order deferring further proceedings and placing an individual on probation by post-trial diversion issued pursuant to title 40, chapter 35. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
                      • Critical items: means those aspects of operation or conditions of facilities or equipment that, if in violation, constitute the greatest hazards to health and safety, including imminent health hazards. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                      • Critical items: means those aspects of operation or conditions of facilities or equipment that, if in violation, constitute the greatest hazards to health and safety, including imminent health hazards. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                      • Custodian: means and includes the medical record practitioner and the administrator or other chief officer of a duly licensed hospital in this state and its proprietor, the appropriately designated person of a community mental health center, as well as their deputies and assistants, and any other persons who are official custodians or depositories of records. See Tennessee Code 68-11-401
                      • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
                      • Date of establishment: means the date as of which the retirement system is established as provided in §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Dead body: means a human body from the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death occurred. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                      • Decedent: includes a stillborn infant and, subject to restrictions imposed by law other than this part, a fetus. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Decedent: A deceased person.
                      • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
                      • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
                      • Dental school: means an educational facility created and operated as part of a program that grants the degree of doctor of dental surgery or doctor of dental medicine to the graduates of such educational facility. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                      • Dentist: means a doctor of dental science who is duly licensed to practice dentistry in this state. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-801
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1302
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-55-501
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1802
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2202
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2302
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2403
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-3-602
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-3-702
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-6-102
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-5-601
                      • Department: means the Tennessee department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-5-501
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-10-101
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-55-101
                      • Department: means the state department of health, including the public health council [repealed]. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-34-102
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-41-101
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1302
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1401
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                      • Department: refers to the department of human resources pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2101
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                      • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                      • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
                      • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
                      • Designated Entity: means an entity that performs actions or functions on behalf of the provider, payer or patient for the purposes of creating an electronic health record. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                      • Designated physician: means a physician designated by an individual or the individual's agent, guardian, or surrogate, to have primary responsibility for the individual's health care or, in the absence of a designation or if the designated physician is not reasonably available, a physician who undertakes such responsibility. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                      • Devise: To gift property by will.
                      • Direct interest: means a pecuniary interest in the persons involved in a matter before the agency. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                      • disabled: means the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
                      • Disinterested witness: means a witness other than the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or guardian of the individual who makes, amends, revokes, or refuses to make an anatomical gift. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
                      • Division: means the division of tuberculosis control. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
                      • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
                      • Document of gift: includes a statement or symbol on a driver license, identification card, or donor registry. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Dog: means all domesticated members of the canine family. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                      • Donee: The recipient of a gift.
                      • Donor: means an individual whose body or part is the subject of an anatomical gift. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
                      • Donor registry: means a database that contains records of anatomical gifts. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Down syndrome: means a chromosomal condition caused by an error in cell division that results in the presence of an extra whole or partial copy of chromosome 21. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1302
                      • Driver license: means a license or permit issued by the department of safety to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Drug abuse: means a condition characterized by the continuous or episodic use of a drug or drugs that results in social impairment, vocational impairment, psychological dependence, or pathological patterns of use. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2001
                      • Earnable compensation: includes , but is not limited to, any bonus or incentive payment. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Electronic: means relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                      • Electronic document: means information that is created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                      • Electronic notarial certificate: means the portion of a notarized electronic document that is completed by an online notary public and contains the following:

                        • (A) The online notary public's electronic signature, electronic seal, title, and commission expiration date. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302

                        • Electronic seal: means information within a notarized electronic document that confirms the online notary public's name, jurisdiction, identifying number, and commission expiration date and generally corresponds to information in notary seals used on paper documents. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                        • Electronic signature: means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with an electronic document and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the electronic document. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                        • Eligible: means an applicant meeting minimum qualifications whose name is on a list. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                        • Employee: means a person:

                          • (A) In charge of a food establishment. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703

                          • Employer: means :

                            • (A) The state or any department, commission, institution, board or agency of the state government by which a member is paid, with respect to members in its employ. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101

                            • Employer: means any person or entity that employs one (1) or more employees and shall include the state and its political subdivisions and instrumentalities. See Tennessee Code 20-14-101
                            • Entity: means any nonprofit, not-for-profit, or for-profit corporation, religious or charitable organization, institution of higher education, visiting nurse association, existing visiting nurse program, local health department, county department of social services, political subdivision of the state, or other governmental agency or any combination thereof. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2403
                            • Equipment: includes , but is not limited to, X-ray machines, dental chairs, dental drills, autoclaves, refractometers, examining tables, dialysis equipment and all other equipment and instruments used and useful in the practice of medicine and dentistry. See Tennessee Code 68-11-602
                            • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
                            • Equivalent competitive procedures: means procedures that include the following:

                              • (A) Use of a notification procedure designed to reach prospective suppliers of goods or services likely to be interested, as well as able, to satisfy the requirement for such goods and services. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1202

                              • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
                              • establishment: means a private home, inn or other unique residential facility offering bed and breakfast accommodations and one (1) daily meal and having four (4), but not more than twelve (12), guest rooms furnished for pay, with guests staying not more than fourteen (14) days, and where the innkeeper resides on the premises or property or immediately adjacent to it. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                              • Evaluation: means the determination and documentation of the physiological and functional factors that impact the selection of an appropriate seating and wheeled mobility device. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                              • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
                              • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
                              • Executive service: means all other positions that have not been placed under the preferred service and as are described in §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                              • Executor: includes an administrator, where the subject matter applies to an administrator. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                              • Exercise of the right of free speech: means a communication made in connection with a matter of public concern or religious expression that falls within the protection of the United States Constitution or the Tennessee Constitution. See Tennessee Code 20-17-103
                              • Exploitation: means , in cases that are investigated by the department of human services, the improper use by a caretaker of funds that have been paid by a governmental agency to an adult or to the caretaker for the use or care of the adult. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
                              • extra services: means any duties other than summer school or regular duties. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                              • Eye bank: means a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of human eyes or portions of human eyes. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                              • Facility: means a health care facility in which diagnosis or treatment services are provided to patients with cancer, including, but not limited to, an ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC), a freestanding cancer treatment center, a radiation therapy center, a chemotherapy treatment center, a nursing home, an oncology or dermatology clinic, a laboratory, or any other facility that provides screening, detection, diagnostic or therapeutic services to patients with cancer. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002
                              • Facility: means any institution, place or building providing health care services that is required to be licensed under this chapter. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                              • Facility: means any real property or equipment owned, leased, or used by a health care institution for any purpose, other than as an investment. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                              • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
                              • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: A government corporation that insures the deposits of all national and state banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Source: OCC
                              • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
                              • Fetal death: means death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                              • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
                              • File: means to present a vital record provided for in this chapter for registration by the office of vital records. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                              • Filling material: means :

                                • (A) Hair. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201

                                • Final disposition: means the burial, interment, cremation, removal from the state or other authorized disposition of a dead body or fetus. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                • Firefighter: means a person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title who is a member of the fire department of such political subdivision, and is trained in firefighting and actively engaged in such work or subject to call for such services, providing such person's primary livelihood is derived from such work. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
                                • Food Code: means the 2009 Food Code as published by the United States department of health and human services, public health service, food and drug administration. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                • Food service establishment: includes places identified in subdivision (9)(A) regardless of whether there is a charge for the food. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
                                • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
                                • Forms: means the forms that are authorized, prepared and distributed by the department to carry out this part. See Tennessee Code 68-5-601
                                • Forms: means the certificates that are authorized, prepared and distributed by the department to carry out this chapter. See Tennessee Code 68-10-101
                                • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
                                • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
                                • General employee: means any person who is a state official, including legislative officials elected by the general assembly, or who is employed in the service of, and whose compensation is payable in whole or in part by, the state, including employees under supervision of the state whose compensation is paid, in whole or in part, from federal or other funds, or any person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title, or of the Tennessee County Services Association, but does not include any teacher, state police officer, wildlife officer, firefighter, police officer, state judge, county judge, attorney general, governor, or county official or public service commissioner, or any person performing services on a contractual or percentage basis. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                • Genetic and metabolic screening: means search through systematic testing of the population at risk for metabolic or genetic conditions, to enable early dietary or medical treatment and counseling so as to ameliorate or avoid adverse consequences of those disorders. See Tennessee Code 68-5-501
                                • Genetic disorders: means those conditions caused by an alteration or abnormality in the genetic material (DNA) which may adversely affect the health and functional abilities of affected individuals. See Tennessee Code 68-5-501
                                • Germane: On the subject of the pending bill or other business; a strict standard of relevance.
                                • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
                                • good faith: as used in this chapter , shall not include willful misconduct, gross negligence, or reckless disregard. See Tennessee Code 68-6-103
                                • Governing board: means that group of persons designated as commissioners, directors, trustees or similar titles denoting responsibility for establishing policy and having ultimate authority for control of the management, operations and finances of a public body. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1202
                                • Governing body: includes the body or board by whatever name it may be known, charged with the governing of a municipality. See Tennessee Code 68-11-602
                                • Governing body: means the body in which the general legislative powers of a municipality are vested. See Tennessee Code 7-87-103
                                • Governing body: means the body in which the general legislative powers of a municipality are vested. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                • Governing body: means the body in which the general legislative powers of a municipality are vested, and in the case of counties means the legislative body of any county. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                • Grace period: The number of days you'll have to pay your bill for purchases in full without triggering a finance charge. Source: Federal Reserve
                                • Graduate medical education: means the period of didactic and clinical education in a medical specialty or subspecialty which follows the completion of a recognized undergraduate medical education and which prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine in that specialty or subspecialty, also referred to as residency education. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
                                • Group purchasing program: means any plan, program or method that is intended to provide one (1) or more public bodies, or other governmental or nonprofit organizations, or other entities or persons, whether located in this state or elsewhere, with the opportunity to obtain goods or services at a discount or savings not otherwise available through the purchasing practices of a public body. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1202
                                • Guardian: means a person appointed by a court to make decisions regarding the support, care, education, health, or welfare of an individual. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
                                • Guardian: means a judicially appointed guardian or conservator having authority to make a health care decision for an individual. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
                                • Health care: means any care, treatment, service or procedure to maintain, diagnose, treat, or otherwise affect an individual's physical or mental condition, and includes medical care as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                • Health care and services facility: means a health care entity or facility identified pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2403
                                • Health care decision: means consent, refusal of consent or withdrawal of consent to health care. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                • Health care institution: means any agency, institution, facility, or place, whether publicly or privately owned or operated, that provides health services and that is one (1) of the following: nursing home. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                • Health care institution: means a health care institution as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                • Health care institution: means any publicly or privately owned or operated institution, facility, center, or place licensed by the department of health that provides health services for patients that engage in drug abuse. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2001
                                • Health care practitioner: means a physician, surgeon, or other health care professional licensed under title 63 who is engaged in diagnosing and treating patients who have cancer. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002
                                • Health care provider: means a Tennessee licensed medical doctor (M. See Tennessee Code 68-55-501
                                • Health care provider: means a Tennessee licensed medical doctor (M. See Tennessee Code 68-6-102
                                • Health care provider: means a person who is licensed, certified or otherwise authorized or permitted by the laws of this state to administer health care in the ordinary course of business in practicing of a profession. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                • Health care provider: means a person licensed under title 63 or this title to provide health care or related services. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2001
                                • Health service: means clinically related services such as diagnostic, treatment or rehabilitative services, and includes those services specified as requiring a certificate of need under §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                • Healthcare research institution: includes any or all of the parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns of the institution, and any or all individual trustees, officers, directors, employees, and agents of the institution. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1901
                                • hearing screening test: means a screening or test provided in accordance with current hearing screening standards established by a nationally recognized organization such as the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Screening of the American Academy of Pediatrics. See Tennessee Code 68-5-902
                                • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
                                • Hemophilia: means a bleeding tendency resulting from a genetically determined deficiency factor in the blood. See Tennessee Code 68-41-101
                                • Highway: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                • HIV resident: means any individual who is in need of domiciliary care and who has been diagnosed and certified in writing by a licensed physician as being human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                • Home care organization: means any entity licensed as such by the department that is staffed and organized to provide "home health services" or "hospice services" as defined by §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                • Home for the aged: means a home represented and held out to the general public as a home which accepts primarily aged persons for relatively permanent, domiciliary care. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                • Home health service: means a service provided an outpatient by an appropriately licensed health care professional or an appropriately qualified staff member of a licensed home care organization in accordance with orders recorded by a physician, that includes one (1) or more of the following:

                                  • (A) Skilled nursing care, including part-time or intermittent supervision. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201

                                  • Home medical equipment: means medical equipment intended for use by the consumer, including, but not limited to, the following:

                                    • (i) A device, instrument, apparatus, machine, or other similar article whose label bears the statement: "Caution: Federal law requires dispensing by or on the order of a physician. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201

                                    • Home medical equipment provider: means any person who provides home medical equipment services. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                    • Home medical equipment services: means a service provided by any person who sells or rents home medical equipment for delivery to the consumer's place of residence in this state, regardless of the location of the home medical equipment provider. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                    • homestay: means a private home, inn or other unique residential facility offering bed and breakfast accommodations and one (1) daily meal and having less than four (4) guest rooms furnished for pay, with guests staying not more than fourteen (14) days, and where the innkeeper resides on the premises or property or immediately adjacent to it. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                                    • Hospice patient: means only a person who has:

                                      • (A) Been diagnosed as terminally ill. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201

                                      • Hospice services: means a coordinated program of care, under the direction of an identifiable hospice administrator, providing palliative and supportive medical and other services to hospice patients and their families in the patient's regular or temporary place of residence. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                      • Hospital: means a facility licensed as a hospital under the law of any state or a facility operated as a hospital by the United States, a state, or a subdivision of a state. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                      • Hospital: means an institution as defined by §. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002
                                      • Hospital: means any institution, place, building or agency represented and held out to the general public as ready, willing and able to furnish care, accommodations, facilities and equipment for the use, in connection with the services of a physician or dentist, of one (1) or more nonrelated persons who may be suffering from deformity, injury or disease or from any other condition for which nursing, medical or surgical services would be appropriate for care, diagnosis or treatment. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                      • Hospital: means any institution, place, building or agency that has been licensed by the board, as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
                                      • Hospital: means :

                                        • (A) Any institution required to be licensed as a hospital under §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1302

                                        • Hospital records: means those medical histories, records, reports, summaries, diagnoses, prognoses, records of treatment and medication ordered and given, entries, X-rays, radiology interpretations, and other written, electronic, or graphic data prepared, kept, made or maintained in hospitals that pertain to hospital confinements or hospital services rendered to patients admitted to hospitals or receiving emergency room or outpatient care. See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
                                        • Hotel: means any building or establishment kept, used, or maintained as, or advertised as, or offered to the public to be, a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished for pay to transients or travelers, whether or not meals are served to transients or travelers. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                                        • Hotline: means a method or system created or established to accept any telephonic or electronic form of communication that is communicated to the office of the comptroller of the treasury, for the purposes of providing governmental employees and citizens of Tennessee a means to report or provide information relating to alleged fraud, abuse, or wrongdoing. See Tennessee Code 8-4-402
                                        • Identity proofing: means a process or service operating according to criteria as outlined in rules promulgated by the secretary of state, through which a third person affirms the identity of an individual through review of personal information in public and proprietary data sources. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                                        • Imminent health hazard: means any condition, deficiency, or practice that, if not corrected, is very likely to result in illness, injury, or loss of life to any person. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                        • Imminent health hazard: means any condition, deficiency, or practice that, if not corrected, is very likely to result in illness, injury, or loss of life to any person. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                                        • Imminent health hazard: means any condition, deficiency or practice that, if not corrected, is very likely to result in illness, injury or loss of life to any person. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                                        • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
                                        • In forma pauperis: In the manner of a pauper. Permission given to a person to sue without payment of court fees on claim of indigence or poverty.
                                        • In-service: means a member who has not retired, has not been refunded and is within one hundred fifty (150) days of such member's last paid day of employment. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                        • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
                                        • Independent laboratory: means a medical laboratory performing patient tests that is independent both of attending and consulting physicians' offices and independent of a hospital. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                        • Independent living facility: means a single-family residence, building, establishment, or complex used as a boarding home. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                        • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
                                        • Indirect interest: means a personal interest in the persons involved in a matter before the agency that is in conflict or gives the appearance of conflict with the discharge of the agency member's or employee's duties. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                        • Individual instruction: means an individual's direction concerning a health care decision for the individual. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                        • Induced termination of pregnancy: means the intentional termination of pregnancy with the intention other than to produce a live-born infant or to remove a dead fetus. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                        • Indwelling catheter: means a proprietary indwelling device that is inserted under a patient's skin to provide long-term IV access for administering blood products, prescribed medication, high-dose chemotherapy, or other treatments. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2001
                                        • infrequent casual sales: means sales not in excess of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per day on any particular day. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                        • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
                                        • Innkeeper: means the owner, operator, manager or keeper of a lodging establishment. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                                        • Institution: means any establishment, public or private, that provides inpatient or outpatient medical, surgical or diagnostic care or treatment or nursing, custodial or domiciliary care, or to which persons are committed by law. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                        • Instructional employee: means those persons employed by a local education agency as teachers, as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
                                        • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
                                        • Internal Revenue Code: means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, codified in United States Code, title 26, as amended. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                        • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
                                        • Intervenor: means any hospital, physician, allied health professional, healthcare provider or other person furnishing goods or services to, or in competition with, hospitals, insurer, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, hospital and medical services corporation, preferred provider organization, health maintenance organization, or any employer or association that directly or indirectly provides health care benefits to its employees or members. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1302
                                        • Irrevocable trust: A trust arrangement that cannot be revoked, rescinded, or repealed by the grantor.
                                        • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
                                        • Joint venture: means a partnership or any other type of business relationship or organization, such as a corporation, trust, partnership, public-private partnership, limited liability company, association, government or governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality that is sponsored, owned, operated, or governed by two (2) or more entities. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                        • Judgement: The official decision of a court finally determining the respective rights and claims of the parties to a suit.
                                        • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
                                        • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
                                        • Know: means to have actual knowledge. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                        • Laboratory: means a facility where tests are performed identifying anatomical and cytological changes, and where specimens are interpreted and pathological diagnoses are made. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1002
                                        • Lands: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                        • Law business: means the advising or counseling for valuable consideration of any person as to any secular law, the drawing or the procuring of or assisting in the drawing for valuable consideration of any paper, document or instrument affecting or relating to secular rights, the doing of any act for valuable consideration in a representative capacity, obtaining or tending to secure for any person any property or property rights whatsoever, or the soliciting of clients directly or indirectly to provide such services. See Tennessee Code 23-3-101
                                        • Law clerk: Assist judges with research and drafting of opinions.
                                        • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
                                        • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
                                        • Legal action: means a claim, cause of action, petition, cross-claim, or counterclaim or any request for legal or equitable relief initiated against a private party. See Tennessee Code 20-17-103
                                        • Legatee: A beneficiary of a decedent
                                        • Lessee: means a private nonprofit or public educational institution, which provides a medical education program. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                        • Letter of intent: means the form prescribed by the agency that shall require a brief project description, location, estimated project cost, owner of the project and description of services to be performed. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                        • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
                                        • Licensed beds: means the number of beds licensed by the agency having licensing jurisdiction over the facility. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                        • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
                                        • List: means a list of eligibles, including, but not limited to, a promotion list. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                                        • List of eligibles: means a list of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for appointment to a position as determined by the department. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                                        • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
                                        • Live birth: means the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, that, after expulsion or extraction, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                        • Livestock: means all equine as well as animals that are being raised primarily for use as food or fiber for human utilization or consumption including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and poultry. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                        • Loan agreement: means an agreement providing for an authority to loan the proceeds derived from the issuance of revenue bonds pursuant to this chapter to one (1) or more contracting parties to be used to pay the cost of one (1) or more projects and providing for the repayment of the loan by the other contracting party or parties. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                        • Local agency: means any county, municipality, branch or agency of a county or municipality, public utility, utility district, entity created pursuant to any interlocal agreement, or any other political subdivision thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-4-402
                                        • Local education insurance committee: means the local education insurance committee created in subsection (a). See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
                                        • Local retirement fund: means any teachers' retirement fund or other arrangement for payment of retirement benefits to teachers, except this retirement system, supported wholly or in part by contributions made by an employer as defined by chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                        • Lodging establishment: means any structure or space, or any portion of a structure or space, that is occupied or intended or designed for occupancy by guests of the lodging establishment for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes, and includes any hotel, inn, tourist camp, tourist court, tourist cabin, motel, bed and breakfast establishment or any place in which rooms, lodgings or accommodations are furnished to guests for a consideration. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                                        • Low-income: means an annual income that does not exceed two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty level. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2403
                                        • maternal mortality: means a:

                                          • (A) Pregnancy-associated death. See Tennessee Code 68-3-602

                                          • Matter of public concern: includes an issue related to:

                                            • (A) Health or safety. See Tennessee Code 20-17-103

                                            • Mattress: means any quilted pad, mattress, mattress pad, bunk quilt or cushion, stuffed and filled with wool, hair or other soft material, to be used on a couch or other bed for sleeping or reclining purposes. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                                            • Medical advisors: means the physicians, companies, or organizations provided for in part 4 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Medical arts building: means any building or buildings, including the site of the building or buildings, providing space suitable for the use of physicians or dentists, or both, as office space, emergency treatment rooms, laboratories, examining rooms, therapy rooms or other uses in connection with the practice of medicine or dentistry and the provision of health care, but does not include hospital facilities or overnight or extended care facilities. See Tennessee Code 68-11-602
                                            • Medical education program: means a program of study that is a biomedical research program, dental program, nursing program, medical program, including graduate medical education, or allied health program. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                            • Medical laboratory: means any institution, building, or place in which operations and procedures for the microbiological, serological, chemical, hematological, immunohematological, or biophysical examination of specimens taken from the human body are performed to obtain information for diagnosis, prophylaxis, or treatment or where any examination, determination, or test is made on any sample used as a basis for health advice, or where any sample is collected for the purpose of transfusion or processing of blood or blood fractions, or for the training of medical laboratory personnel. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory director: means a person who is responsible for the administration of the technical and scientific operation of a medical laboratory, including supervision of procedures for testing and the reporting of results. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory evaluation program: means a program of evaluating the proficiency of medical laboratories by the department. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory owner: means a person or agency in whom is vested the rights of control, possession, and dominion of a medical laboratory, and, for the purposes of this chapter, includes a county, municipality, or any other owner of an institution operating a medical laboratory. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory personnel: includes the medical laboratory director, supervisor, technologist, or technician, but does not include medical laboratory assistants, trainees, or other persons employed by a medical laboratory to perform clerical or other administrative responsibilities involving no laboratory test. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory supervisor: means a person who, under the general supervision of a medical laboratory director, supervises technical personnel, performs tests requiring special scientific skills, and, in the absence of the director, is held responsible for the proper performance of all medical laboratory procedures and the reporting of results. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory technician: means any person other than the medical laboratory director, supervisor, technologist, or trainee who functions under the supervision of a medical laboratory director, supervisor, or technologist and performs only those medical laboratory procedures that require limited skill, responsibility, and a minimal exercise of independent judgment. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory technologist: means a person who performs tests that require the exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal supervision by the director or supervisor, in only those specialties or subspecialties in which the technologist is qualified by education, training, and experience. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical laboratory trainee: is a person enrolled in a program accredited by an accrediting agency accepted by the board. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Medical school: means an educational facility created and operated as part of a program that grants the degree of doctor of medicine to the graduates of such educational facility or provides graduate medical education. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                            • medical school authority: means any public corporation organized pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                            • medical service: as used in this part , are intended to describe and define care or services rendered an individual for the relief of some disease or abnormality, and are intended to be distinguished from the services customarily rendered by health departments. See Tennessee Code 68-1-904
                                            • Member: means any person included in the membership of the retirement system, as provided in chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Membership service: means service rendered while a member of the retirement system. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Metropolitan government: means the political entity created by consolidation of all, or substantially all, of the political and corporate functions of a county and a city or cities. See Tennessee Code 7-1-101
                                            • Minor: has the meaning set forth in §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Minor: means an individual who is under eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                            • Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                            • minor: has the meaning given in §. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                                            • Minorities: include , but are not limited to, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern American and the underserved regardless of age, race, economics, gender, language or geographic location. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2202
                                            • Misappropriation: means any taking, possession or use of the property of a vulnerable person the elements of which constitute any criminal offense involving such property, or that constitute a violation of a fiduciary duty of a caretaker of a vulnerable person. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
                                            • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
                                            • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                            • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
                                            • Municipality: means any county or incorporated city or town in this state with respect to which an authority may be organized. See Tennessee Code 7-87-103
                                            • Municipality: means any incorporated city or county located in the state of Tennessee, including a county with a metropolitan form of government. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
                                            • Municipality: means any county, metropolitan government or incorporated city or town in this state with respect to which an authority may be organized. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                            • Municipality: means any county, metropolitan government or incorporated city or town in this state located in a county having a population of not less than ninety-one thousand eight hundred (91,800), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                            • National Bank: A bank that is subject to the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department. A national bank can be recognized because it must have "national" or "national association" in its name. Source: OCC
                                            • Neglect: means the failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
                                            • New: means an article of bedding or filling material that has not been previously used for any purpose. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                                            • next of kin: includes , in order, the decedent's spouse. See Tennessee Code 68-30-301
                                            • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
                                            • Nonresidential substitution-based treatment center for opiate addiction: includes , but is not limited to, stand-alone clinics offering methadone, products containing buprenorphine such as Subutex and Suboxone, or products containing any other formulation designed to treat opiate addiction by preventing symptoms of withdrawal. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                            • Notarial act: means the performance by an online notary public of a function authorized under §. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                                            • Nurse: means a person licensed as a professional nurse pursuant to title 63, chapter 7. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2403
                                            • Nursing home: means any institution, place, building or agency represented and held out to the general public for the express or implied purpose of providing care for one (1) or more nonrelated persons who are not acutely ill, but who do require skilled nursing care and related medical services. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Oath: includes affirmation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                            • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
                                            • Observation period: means the time following a bite incident during which the biting animal's health status must be monitored. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                            • Offense against a vulnerable person: means any act that constitutes abuse, neglect, misappropriation or exploitation of the property of a vulnerable person even if the act does not constitute a criminal act, or any crime the elements of which constitute abuse, neglect, or misappropriation or exploitation of the property of a vulnerable person. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
                                            • Office: means the office of women's health designated by this part. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1802
                                            • Office: means the office of minority health designated by this part. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2202
                                            • Office: means the office of child nutrition and wellness in the department, which is created in §. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2302
                                            • Official station: means the town or city where the employee performs a majority of the employee's duties. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                                            • Online notarization: means a notarial act performed by means of two-way video and audio conference technology that meets the standards adopted under §. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                                            • Online notary public: means a notary public who is a commissioned notary public and has been additionally commissioned to perform online notarizations as outlined in this part. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302
                                            • Oral surgeon: means a dentist who has been certified by the Tennessee board of dentistry to perform oral surgery. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Organ procurement organization: means a person designated by the secretary of the United States department of health and human services as an organ procurement organization. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                            • other contracting party: means any party, including a municipality, to a sale contract, lease agreement or loan agreement, other than the authority. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                            • Outpatient diagnostic center: except as otherwise limited in this subdivision (31), means any facility providing outpatient diagnostic services, unless the outpatient diagnostic services are provided as the services of another licensed healthcare institution that reports such outpatient diagnostic services on its joint annual report, or the facility is otherwise excluded from this subdivision (31). See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • outpatient diagnostic services: means the following services provided to any person who is not an inpatient of a hospital: computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, or other imaging technology developed after June 9, 2005, that provides substantially the same functionality as computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or positron emission tomography and for which a certificate of need is required by this chapter. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
                                            • Owner: means any person having a right or property in a dog or cat, or who keeps or harbors a dog or cat, or who has it in such person's care or acts as its custodian, or who permits a dog or cat to remain on or about any premises. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                            • Parent: means a parent whose parental rights have not been terminated. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                            • Part: means an organ, an eye, or tissue of a human being. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                            • Part-time employee: includes any interim teacher who is employed on a temporary basis to teach for a regular teacher who is on unpaid leave. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
                                            • Patient: includes , but is not limited to, any person who is suffering from an acute or chronic illness or injury or who is crippled, convalescent or infirm, or who is in need of obstetrical, surgical, medical, nursing or supervisory care. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Patient: includes , but is not limited to, outpatients, inpatients, persons dead on arrival, persons receiving emergency room care, and the newborn. See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
                                            • Patient: means and includes, but is not limited to, any person who has an acute or chronic physical or mental illness or injury. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                            • Peace officer: means animal control officer, police, rabies control officer, sheriff, wildlife officer, or similar duly appointed law enforcement officer of the state or any political subdivision thereof, authorized by the Constitution, statutes, charter, or ordinances to enforce statutory, rule, charter or ordinance violations. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                            • Perinatal: means the period from time of conception through the first year of life of the infant and sixty (60) days post partum for the mother. See Tennessee Code 68-1-801
                                            • Person: means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, agency, municipality, state or political subdivision, or the federal government and its agencies and departments. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                            • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                            • Person: means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                            • Person: means any individual or governmental entity, corporation, association, organization, nonprofit institution or other entity or such entities' representatives. See Tennessee Code 68-55-501
                                            • Person: means a natural person, individual, governmental agency, partnership, corporation, trust, estate, incorporated or unincorporated association, and any other legal or commercial entity however organized. See Tennessee Code 23-3-101
                                            • Person: means any individual or governmental entity, corporation, association, organization, nonprofit institution, or other entity or such entities' representatives. See Tennessee Code 68-6-102
                                            • Person: means any individual, partnership, association, corporation, other business entity, state or local governmental agencies and entities, and federal agencies and entities to the extent permitted by federal law. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Person: means any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, municipality, political subdivision, or any other entity whether organized for profit or not. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Person: means any individual, trust or estate, firm, partnership, association, stockholder, joint venture, corporation or other form of business organization, the state of Tennessee and its political subdivisions or parts of political subdivisions, and any combination of persons specified in this subdivision (15), public or private. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                            • Person: means an individual, corporation, estate, trust, partnership, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                            • Person: means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, agency, municipality, state or political subdivision, or the federal government and its agencies and departments. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                                            • Person: means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, agency, municipality, state or political subdivision. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                                            • Person in charge: means an individual present at a food service establishment who is responsible for the operation at the time of inspection. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                            • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                            • Personal representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                            • Personally informing: means a communication by any effective means from the patient directly to a health care provider. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                            • Petit jury: A group of citizens who hear the evidence presented by both sides at trial and determine the facts in dispute. Federal criminal juries consist of 12 persons. Federal civil juries consist of six persons.
                                            • Physical or mental impairment: means one which is medically determinable. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Physician: means an individual authorized to practice medicine or osteopathy under the law of any state. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                            • Physician: means a person licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy pursuant to the laws of this state. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                            • physician: includes a podiatrist licensed under title 63, chapter 3. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Physician: means any doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy duly licensed to practice the doctor's profession in Tennessee or the state in which the doctor resides and lawfully practices the doctor's profession. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
                                            • Physician: means any doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy duly licensed to practice the doctor's profession in Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                            • Physician: means any doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy duly licensed to practice such physician's profession in Tennessee or the state in which such physician resides and lawfully practices such physician's profession. See Tennessee Code 68-34-102
                                            • Physician: means an individual authorized to practice medicine or osteopathy under title 63, chapter 6 or 9. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                            • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
                                            • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
                                            • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
                                            • Police officer: means a person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title who is a member of the police department of such political subdivision and is trained in police work and actively engaged in such work. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                            • Pool alarm: means a device which emits a sound of at least fifty decibels (50 dB) when a person or an object weighing fifteen pounds (15 lbs. See Tennessee Code 68-14-802
                                            • Port: means and includes any one (1) or more harbors or ports and related facilities, including, but not limited to, land and interests in land, wharves, piers, loading and unloading machinery, scales, transportation equipment, harbor and riverfront or lake front improvements, buildings, storage and transfer facilities, elevators, railroads, switchyards, concentration yards, roads, bridges, communication, electric power, gas, water and all other utility facilities and such other structures, facilities and improvements necessary or convenient to the development of harbors and river ports and for the promotion either directly or indirectly of trade, industry, and commerce. See Tennessee Code 7-87-103
                                            • post-employment benefits: means non-pension benefits paid on behalf of former state employees, former state employees' beneficiaries, authorized local education agency employees or the authorized local education agency employees' beneficiaries after separation from service. See Tennessee Code 8-27-801
                                            • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
                                            • Power of attorney for health care: means the designation of an agent to make health care decisions for the individual granting the power. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                            • Practice of law: means the appearance as an advocate in a representative capacity or the drawing of papers, pleadings or documents or the performance of any act in such capacity in connection with proceedings pending or prospective before any court, commissioner, referee or any body, board, committee or commission constituted by law or having authority to settle controversies, or the soliciting of clients directly or indirectly to provide such services. See Tennessee Code 23-3-101
                                            • Preferred service: means all offices and positions of employment in the state service that have been placed under the preferred service provisions of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                                            • Pregnancy-associated death: means the death of a woman while pregnant or within one (1) year of the end of her pregnancy, irrespective of the cause of death and regardless of the duration or site of the pregnancy. See Tennessee Code 68-3-602
                                            • Pregnancy-related death: means the death of a woman while pregnant or within one (1) year of the end of her pregnancy, regardless of the duration or site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes. See Tennessee Code 68-3-602
                                            • Prescribed child care center: means a nonresidential child care, health care/child care center providing physician prescribed services and appropriate developmental services for six (6) or more children who are medically or technology dependent and require continuous nursing intervention. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                            • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
                                            • Principal: means an individual:

                                              • (A) Whose electronic signature is notarized in an online notarization. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302

                                              • Prior class member: means a member who, on the day preceding the date of establishment, shall have been a member of a superseded system and who elects to remain covered by the benefit and contribution provisions of the superseded system, or who fails to elect to become covered by the benefit and contribution provisions of the retirement system applicable to new employees, as the case may be, in accordance with chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                              • Prior service: means service rendered prior to the date of membership in the retirement system for which credit was given under the terms of one (1) or more of the superseded systems as provided in part 6 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                              • Pro se: A Latin term meaning "on one's own behalf"; in courts, it refers to persons who present their own cases without lawyers.
                                              • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
                                              • Probate: Proving a will
                                              • Probate court: means the court having jurisdiction over the administration of the estates of decedents. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                              • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
                                              • Procurement organization: means an eye bank, organ procurement organization, or tissue bank. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                              • Professional support services: means nursing and occupational, physical or speech therapy services provided to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities pursuant to a contract with the state agency financially responsible for such services. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                              • profit: means the excess revenue over expenditures prior to the expenditure of the amount which may be optionally made available for employees in cash or placed in trust by the state on behalf of the employees under the plan. See Tennessee Code 8-25-302
                                              • Program: means the nurse home visitor program established in this part. See Tennessee Code 68-1-2403
                                              • Project: means any land, improvement, structure, building or part of a building comprised of facilities for conventions, public assemblies, conferences, trade exhibitions or other business, social, cultural, scientific and public interest events, along with any associated hotel accommodations. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                              • Project: means any facilities or group of facilities to be used for a medical school, dental school, biomedical research, graduate medical education, nursing degree programs, or allied health profession degree programs. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                              • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                              • Property: means all interests of any type in real property, and any interests of any type in personal property whether in moneys or financial instruments of any type, goods, furnishings, and similar property. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002
                                              • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
                                              • Prospective donor: means an individual who is dead or near death and has been determined by a procurement organization to have a part that could be medically suitable for transplantation, therapy, research, or education. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                              • Public authority: means any agency, authority or instrumentality created or authorized by any municipality or by two (2) or more municipalities acting jointly, including, but not limited to, any public building authority organized pursuant to the Public Building Authorities Act of 1971, compiled in title 12, chapter 10 or an industrial development corporation organized pursuant to chapter 53 of this title. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
                                              • Public body: means :

                                                • (A) Any hospital organized and operating under the Metropolitan Hospital Authority Act, compiled in title 7, chapter 57, as it existed on or after May 1, 1990. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1202

                                                • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
                                                • Public entity: means any branch or agency of a county, municipality, public utility, utility district, entity created pursuant to any interlocal agreement, or any other political subdivision thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-4-502
                                                • Public health council: means the council established in §. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                                • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
                                                • Public official: means a person elected or appointed to any office of a public entity. See Tennessee Code 8-4-502
                                                • Public school: means any school conducted within the state under the authority and supervision of a duly elected or appointed city or county school board, and any educational institution supported by and under the control of the state. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                • Public swimming pools: means a structure of man-made materials, located either indoors or outdoors, used for bathing or swimming, or for instructional purposes in swimming, diving, or other aquatic activities by humans, together with buildings, appurtenances, and equipment used in connection with the structure. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                                                • Qualified associated development: means parks, plazas, recreational facilities, schools, sidewalks, access ways, roads, drives, bridges, ramps, landscaping, signage and other public improvements constructed or renovated by the municipality or the public building authority in connection with the public use facility and related infrastructure and utility improvements for public or private peripheral development included in a master development plan for the tourism development zone and that is constructed, renovated or installed by the municipality or the public authority. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
                                                • Qualified public use facility: includes :

                                                  • (i) Any building, complex, center, facility or any two (2) or more adjacent buildings, complexes, centers or facilities containing at least two hundred fifty thousand square feet (250,000 sq. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103

                                                  • Qualified rehabilitation professional: means :

                                                    • (A) A health care professional within the professional's scope of practice licensed under title 63. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201

                                                    • Quarantine: means a state of strictly enforced isolation from other animals or the public imposed to prevent the spread of disease. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                                    • Quick fast food establishment: means those food establishments that only prepare food to be eaten off premises and that provide delivery services for such food but provide no set up, serving, or clean-up services. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                                                    • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
                                                    • real property: include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                    • Reasonable amount of time: means any amount of time that is reasonable under the particular circumstances, but shall not under any circumstances exceed five (5) working days. See Tennessee Code 8-4-502
                                                    • Reasonably available: means able to be contacted by a procurement organization without undue effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner consistent with existing medical criteria necessary for the making of an anatomical gift. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                    • Reasonably available: means readily able to be contacted without undue effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner considering the urgency of the patient's health care needs. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                                    • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
                                                    • Recipient: means an individual into whose body a decedent's part has been or is intended to be transplanted. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                    • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                    • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                    • records: includes those records identified in §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-401
                                                    • Recourse: An arrangement in which a bank retains, in form or in substance, any credit risk directly or indirectly associated with an asset it has sold (in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) that exceeds a pro rata share of the bank's claim on the asset. If a bank has no claim on an asset it has sold, then the retention of any credit risk is recourse. Source: FDIC
                                                    • Recuperation center: means an establishment with permanent facilities that include inpatient beds, with an organized medical staff, and with medical services, including physician services and continuous nursing services, to provide treatment for patients who are not in an acute phase of illness, but who currently require primarily convalescent or restorative services, usually post-acute hospital care of relatively short duration. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                    • Refusal: means a record under §. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                    • Registration: means the acceptance by the office of vital records and the incorporation of vital records provided for in this chapter into its official records. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                                    • Regular interest: means interest at such rate or rates compounded annually as may be set from time to time by the board of trustees in accordance with §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                    • Rehabilitation facility: means an inpatient or residential facility that is operated for the primary purpose of assisting in the rehabilitation of physically disabled persons through an integrated program of medical and other services that is provided under professional supervision. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                                    • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
                                                    • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
                                                    • Remote presentation: means transmission to the online notary public through communication technology of an image of a government-issued identification credential that is of sufficient quality to enable the online notary public to:

                                                      • (A) Identify the individual seeking the online notary public's services. See Tennessee Code 8-16-302

                                                      • Renal dialysis clinic: means any institution, facility, place or building devoted to the provision of renal dialysis on an outpatient basis to persons diagnosed with end stage renal disease. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                      • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
                                                      • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                      • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
                                                      • Resident manager: means a person twenty-one (21) years of age or older who lives in an adult care home and oversees the day-to-day operation of the adult care home on behalf of the adult care home provider and meets all education, training and experience requirements prescribed in this part and in regulations promulgated by the board pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                      • Residential dwelling: means a one-family or two-family dwelling structure. See Tennessee Code 68-14-802
                                                      • Residential hospice: means a licensed homelike residential facility designed, staffed and organized to provide hospice or HIV care services, or both, except the services shall be provided at the residential facility rather than the patient's regular or temporary place of residence. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                      • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
                                                      • Retiree: as used in this part , means any former state employee, higher education employee, or teacher receiving a monthly retirement allowance from the Tennessee consolidated retirement system, or the optional retirement system established in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-209
                                                      • Retirement: means withdrawal from membership with a retirement allowance granted under chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                      • Retirement: means the withdrawal from current files of hospital records, business records, or parts thereof on or after the expiration of the applicable period of retention established pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-302
                                                      • Retirement allowance: means the sum of the member annuity and the state annuity. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                      • Retirement system: means the Tennessee consolidated retirement system as defined in §§. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                      • revenue bonds: means bonds, notes, interim certificates or other obligations of an authority issued pursuant to this chapter, or pursuant to any other law, as supplemented by, or in conjunction with, this chapter. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                                      • revenue bonds: means bonds, notes, interim certificates or other obligations of an authority issued pursuant to this chapter, or pursuant to any other law, as supplemented by, or in conjunction with, this chapter. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                                      • Review cycle: means the timeframe set for the review and initial decision on applications for certificate of need applications that have been deemed complete. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                                      • Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                      • sale: includes any of the following activities, or any combination of them:

                                                        • (A) Sell. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201

                                                        • Sale contract: means a contract providing for the sale of one (1) or more projects to one (1) or more contracting parties and includes a contract providing for payment of the purchase price in one (1) or more installments. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                                        • Savings and loan association: includes a building and loan association, a federal or state savings and loan association, a federal savings bank, and any other financial institution, the accounts of which are insured by the federal savings and loan insurance corporation (FSLIC) or any successor of such corporation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                        • School youth athletic activity: means a school or a local education agency organized athletic activity when the majority of the participants are under eighteen (18) years of age, and are engaging in an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club, or entity or in practice or preparation for an organized game or competition against another team, club, or entity. See Tennessee Code 68-6-102
                                                        • Secondary tourist development zone: means a tourist development zone that at the time of its creation is located more than three (3) miles from the county courthouse. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
                                                        • Secondhand: means any article of bedding or material, or part of bedding or material, of which prior use of any kind has been made, including, but not limited to, a mattress that has been returned by a buyer to a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer pursuant to a comfort exchange policy. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                                                        • Service: means service as a general employee, a teacher, a state police officer, a wildlife officer, a firefighter, a police officer, a state judge, a county judge, an attorney general, a commissioner or a county official which is paid for by an employer, and also includes service for which a former member of the general assembly is entitled to under former §§ 3-401 and 3-406. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                        • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
                                                        • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
                                                        • Shelter: means animal or humane shelter, dog pound or animal pound. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                                        • Sign: means , with the present intent to authenticate or adopt a record:

                                                          • (A) To execute or adopt a tangible symbol. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102

                                                          • signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                          • Significant duties: means that the duties are useful in the accomplishment of a job or the operation of a business but also that they have a degree of economic value. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • Special analyst: means any person performing a singular or limited type of medical laboratory test or group of tests, such as, but not limited to, blood gases or pH tests, on human specimens, but who is not trained to perform the broad range of tests required of licensed medical laboratory personnel. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                                          • Standard serological test: means a test for syphilis infection or rubella immunity approved by the department and performed by an approved laboratory. See Tennessee Code 68-5-601
                                                          • State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                          • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                          • State: means the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • State: means the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 7-87-103
                                                          • State: means the state of Tennessee and, unless otherwise indicated by the context, any agency, authority, branch, bureau, commission, corporation, department or instrumentality of the state, now or hereafter existing. See Tennessee Code 7-89-103
                                                          • State: means the state of Tennessee and, unless otherwise indicated by the context, any agency, authority, branch, bureau, commission, corporation, department or instrumentality of the state, now or hereafter existing. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                                          • State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                                          • State agency: means each state board, commission, committee, department, office, or any other unit of state government. See Tennessee Code 8-4-402
                                                          • State agency: means an authority, board, branch, commission, committee, department, division, or other instrumentality in state service that is subject to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                                                          • State annuity: means annual payments for life derived from contributions by an employer. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • State health plan: means the plan that is developed by the state health planning division pursuant to this part. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1602
                                                          • State judge: means any person in office as a judge of a court of record in this state, whose salary for the judge's judicial position has been paid during the period of the judge's service wholly from the treasury of the state, including the administrative director of the courts. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • State police officer: means any commissioned member of the department of safety, and any agent of the Tennessee bureau of investigation. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
                                                          • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
                                                          • Stillbirth: means an unintended, intrauterine fetal death after a gestational age of not less than twenty (20) completed weeks or with a weight of three hundred fifty (350) grams or more. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                                          • Stroke-related designation: means a designation including, but not limited to, a comprehensive stroke center, primary stroke center, acute stroke-ready hospital, or other stroke-related designation approved by rule by the board in consultation with the emergency medical services board. See Tennessee Code 68-11-2101
                                                          • Structured lease agreement: means a lease by a municipality of a qualified public use facility within a tourism development zone financed by bonds issued and outstanding in compliance with §. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
                                                          • Student: means any person enrolled in a course of study in a school or in a post-secondary educational institution who as a condition of such enrollment is employed in a full-time position. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
                                                          • Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
                                                          • Subscription: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                          • Substantial gainful activity: means the performance of significant duties over a reasonable period of time of work for remuneration or profit or in work of a type generally performed for remuneration or profit. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • Substitute caregiver: means any person twenty-one (21) years of age or older who temporarily oversees care and services in an adult care home during the short-term absence of the adult care home provider or resident manager and meets all education, training and experience requirements prescribed in this part and in regulations promulgated by the board pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                          • Sudden infant death syndrome: means the sudden death of an infant under one (1) year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history. See Tennessee Code 68-1-1101
                                                          • Suicide: means a death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to die because of the result of the behavior. See Tennessee Code 68-3-702
                                                          • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
                                                          • Superseded system: means , where applicable, the Tennessee state retirement system, the Tennessee teachers' retirement system, the Tennessee judges' retirement system, the retirement system for county paid judges of Tennessee, the attorneys general retirement system of Tennessee, the public service commissioners' retirement system, and the Tennessee retirement system for county officials, any one (1) of them, or any combination thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                          • Support staff employees: means those persons employed by a local education agency who are not instructional employees. See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
                                                          • Surrogate: means an individual, other than a patient's agent or guardian, authorized under this part to make a health care decision for the patient. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                                          • Swimming pool: means any structure that is intended for swimming or recreational bathing and contains water over thirty-six inches (36?) deep, including, but not limited to, in-ground, aboveground, and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and nonportable spas. See Tennessee Code 68-14-802
                                                          • System of vital records: includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records, and the collection of other reports required by this chapter. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                                          • TBI coordinator: means the person designated by the commissioner pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-55-101
                                                          • Technician: includes an enucleator. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                          • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
                                                          • Test: means a test approved by the department to determine possible infection with STDs. See Tennessee Code 68-10-101
                                                          • Testify: Answer questions in court.
                                                          • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
                                                          • THEC: means the Tennessee higher education commission. See Tennessee Code 7-90-103
                                                          • Tissue: means a portion of the human body other than an organ or an eye. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                          • Tissue bank: means a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of tissue. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                                                          • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
                                                          • Tourism development zone: means an area in a municipality designated by ordinance or resolution of such municipality in which a qualified public use facility is located or planned, that is determined by the department of finance and administration to be a beneficially impacted area in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and that is certified as a tourism development zone by the department. See Tennessee Code 7-88-103
                                                          • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
                                                          • Trauma center: means any Level I, Level II, Level III or Level IV institution licensed by the department pursuant to chapter 11, part 2 of this title. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
                                                          • Trauma patient: means a patient who is on the state trauma registry or the National Trauma Registry of the American College of Surgeons. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
                                                          • Trauma service codes: means a subset of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes, or the most relevant versions of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) required by the centers for medicare and medicaid services, for coding hospital discharges designated as trauma service codes by the American College of Surgeons committee on trauma. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102
                                                          • Trauma system: means :

                                                            • (A) All designated Level I, II, III, IV trauma centers. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102

                                                            • Traumatic brain injury residential home: means a facility owned and operated by a community-based traumatic brain injury (TBI) adult care home provider in which residential care, including assistance with activities of daily living, is provided in a homelike environment to disabled adults suffering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                            • Traumatic brain injury residential home provider: means a person twenty-one (21) years of age or older who owns and operates a traumatic brain injury residential home. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                            • Treating health care provider: means a health care provider who at the time is directly or indirectly involved in providing health care to the patient. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1802
                                                            • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
                                                            • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
                                                            • Trustees: means the four (4) trustees designated in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-801
                                                            • Tuberculosis: means a disease caused by the human tubercle bacillus, whether infectious or noninfectious. See Tennessee Code 68-9-103
                                                            • Uncompensated care: means either:

                                                              • (A) Care provided by a facility defined as part of the trauma system to a trauma patient who:

                                                                • (i) Has no medical insurance, including Medicare Part B coverage. See Tennessee Code 68-59-102

                                                                • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
                                                                • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                                • Unlawful conduct: means theft, forgery, credit or debit card fraud, or any other act of unlawful taking, waste, or abuse of, or official misconduct, as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 8-4-502
                                                                • Unlawful violence: means assault, aggravated assault, stalking, intimidation, or extortion as prohibited by §§ 39-13-101, 39-13-102, 39-17-315, 39-17-309 and 39-14-112. See Tennessee Code 20-14-101
                                                                • Uphold: The decision of an appellate court not to reverse a lower court decision.
                                                                • Vaccination: means the injection of a rabies vaccine for animals, which meets the standards prescribed by both the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) license granted to the vaccine for interstate sale and by the department. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                                                • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
                                                                • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
                                                                • Veterinarian: means any individual licensed by the state board of veterinary medical examiners to practice veterinary medicine in this state. See Tennessee Code 68-8-102
                                                                • Veto: The procedure established under the Constitution by which the President/Governor refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment into law. A regular veto occurs when the President/Governor returns the legislation to the house in which it originated. The President/Governor usually returns a vetoed bill with a message indicating his reasons for rejecting the measure. In Congress, the veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House.
                                                                • Vital records: means certificates or reports of birth, death, marriage, divorce or annulment and other records related thereto. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
                                                                • Vulnerable person: means anyone who:

                                                                  • (A) Is under eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1002

                                                                  • Waived: means those laboratory tests, as defined by the board, that may be performed by individuals not licensed under this chapter, and that pose no reasonable risk of harm if performed incorrectly. See Tennessee Code 68-29-103
                                                                  • Wheeled mobility device: means a wheelchair or wheelchair and seated positioning system prescribed by a physician and required for use by the patient for a period of six (6) months or more. See Tennessee Code 68-11-201
                                                                  • Wildlife officer: means any commissioned employee of the wildlife resources agency engaged in law enforcement activities on a day-to-day basis. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                                                                  • Willful misconduct: means an act or omission that is taken:

                                                                    • (A) Intentionally to achieve a wrongful purpose. See Tennessee Code 68-11-1901

                                                                    • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
                                                                    • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.
                                                                    • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                                    • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                                                                    • youth athletic activity: means an athletic activity organized by a city, county, business or nonprofit organization where the majority of the participants are under eighteen (18) years of age, and are engaging in an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club or entity or in practice or preparation for an organized game or competition against another team, club or entity. See Tennessee Code 68-55-501
                                                                    • youth athletic activity: means an athletic activity organized by a city, county, business, or nonprofit organization when the majority of the participants are under eighteen (18) years of age, and are engaging in an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club, or entity or in practice or preparation for an organized game or competition against another team, club, or entity. See Tennessee Code 68-6-102