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breakthrough

 [brāk´throo″]
1. a significant step forward in theory development or research.
2. in psychotherapy, a change in attitude or behavior following a period of little or no client insight.

break·through

(brāk'thrū),
A sudden manifestation of new insights and more constructive attitudes following a period of resistance during psychotherapy.

breakthrough

(in psychiatry) a sudden new insight into a problem and its solution after a period of little or no progress.
Infectious disease A popular term for a positive blood culture for a pathogen after adequate therapy—e.g., 72 hrs for Candida krusei post-fluconazole therapy
Psychiatry A point in any form of 'talk therapy'—e.g., psychoanalysis—in which the patient acquires a new level of insight that changes the course of future therapy
Research A popular term for a discovery which solves a major question, and launches multiple lines of scientific inquiry
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Clayton Christensen is focused on disruptive innovation, but his assessment of the big company's dilemma in The Innovator's Solution (2003) could as well apply to breakthrough innovation; Christensen argues that successful companies are undermined by the very practices that make them successful.
Breakthrough technologies in the production of resins, adhesives, and composites can substantially reduce costs, allow penetration into new markets, improve competitiveness, and reduce the environmental impact of wood and wood-based products.
The most dramatic environmental performance breakthroughs will be driven by fundamental process technology changes.
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