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A legal process by which a hospital is formally designated to provide a specialized service. Usually requires meeting set standards and an external review (e.g., trauma center).
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He seemed about to dispute this designation of himself when he was seized with a violent fit of coughing.
In the first he put those who did not take an active part in the affairs of the lodges or in human affairs, but were exclusively occupied with the mystical science of the order: with questions of the threefold designation of God, the three primordial elements- sulphur, mercury, and salt- or the meaning of the square and all the various figures of the temple of Solomon.
Pullman--the designation of the more luxurious railway cars of the period and so named from the inventor.
The lodgers to whom Crowl had made allusion under the designation of
It little deserved that designation, with its dry and parched coasts.
In a word she has no moon (applying this designation to our globe) but on one side of her disc.
And we are led to this conclusion, which has been arrived at by many naturalists under the designation of single centres of creation, by some general considerations, more especially from the importance of barriers and from the analogical distribution of sub-genera, genera, and families.
I see the lines of designation point to the letter K and the letter M in her name.
Roberts," Saxon replied, thrilling to the newness of the designation on her tongue.
His title to that designation consisted in his having been once assistant demonstrator in chemistry at some technical institute.
The place consisted of a few poor cottages, and two or three public-houses; the state of whose larders certainly seemed to justify the second designation of the village, for there was nothing to eat in any of them.
Sir,' said the old man, with the air of deeming it not quite necessary to insist upon that designation, 'the debtors' prison.