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anchor

(ang'ker),
Any device that fixes the position of an object with respect to its surroundings.
[M.E. anker, fr. O.E. ancor, fr. L. ancora, fr. G. ankyra]

anchor

A clinical trial term of art for a planned activity, often marking the transition between epochs (stages) or elements of a clinical study plan—e.g., FP/FV (first patient/first visit).

anchor

(ang′kŏr) [L. ancora, anchora, fr Gr. ankyra, anchor]
1. Any structure that provides stability for a prosthetic dental appliance, e.g., a crown, bridge, or denture. The anchor may be a metal implant, a natural tooth, or part of a fixed bridge.
2. In emergency medicine, to tie or attach a rope or sling so it will not move and can support the weight of the rescuers, basket, and patient.
3. A tree, rock, door casing, or other strong stable device that will not move when a rescuer and patient's weight are attached to it.
4. In cell biology, a scaffold within the cell or its membranes, on which enzymes or other important molecules are suspended.
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The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are dropping anchor at Hudson Road Primary in Sunderland on Wednesday for the school's annual sports day.
With skipper Ronnie Irani dropping anchor, Law added 40 to his score inside 50 minutes.
Anyway, that's when the good idea turned up, sailing through the haze of my shoppedout, overexcited brain and dropping anchor somewhere between Selfridges and Shelleys.
THE TALL SHIPS - the kind of Peter Pan and pirate lore with cannons roaring - will be sailing Friday morning into the Port of Los Angeles and dropping anchor at San Pedro.