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custody

Social medicine The legal control of a child or other person, usually one who resides with a custodial guardian or parent. See Guardian.

cus·to·dy

(kŭs'tŏ-dē)
Care, guardianship, or control of a person or thing exercised by one in authority.
[L. custodia]

custody

(kŭs′tŏ-dē) [L. custodia, care, protection, watch]
1. Direct control or care by an agent or agency in charge.
2. Legal guardianship, as for a child.
3. Legal detention or incarceration by the police or other law enforcement agency.
4. Safekeeping of evidence, as of illegal drugs or weapons for presentation in a trial.