Pronunciation: (pat'ur-ning), [key]
1. a design or decoration formed by the creative arrangement or formation of patterns.
2. the following of a specific pattern of movement, as in a dance or exercise: the floor patterning of a folk dance.
3. a system of physical therapy in which a pattern of specific movements is practiced or imposed regularly as a way of improving, restoring, or stimulating muscular coordination, esp. in brain-damaged or handicapped persons.
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