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confound

(kŏn-fownd′) [L. confundere, to confuse, to pour together]
1. To introduce bias into a research study.
2. To confuse, bewilder, or mystify. confounding, n.
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The objective was to determine if dehydration could confound the diagnosis of anticholinesterase exposure by using inhibition of cholinesterase activity in quail tissues.
Loveless justice just won't hold enough of us together enough of the time to confound each other constructively; or to found, together--a radical democracy.
Message and conceptual confounds in fear appeals: The role of threat, fear, and efficacy.
The good news is that the "primary care" physician can still write prescriptions for most things, although the profusion of pharmaceuticals confounds the mind and overwhelms the analytic capacity for possible interaction of even the latest supercomputer at the National Institutes of Health.
However, cosmology confounds this simplistic model.
When a large company, such as IBM or HP tries to tune its products, marketing strategies, and sales channels, local economic and competitive conditions in the 140 or so countries it operates in inevitably confounds its ability to achieve a balanced performance.
Both landscape and period piece, the film confounds utopian and antiutopian visions of the Netherlands.