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undermine,

v to separate surgically the skin or mucosa from its underlying stroma so that it can be stretched or moved to cover a defect or wound.
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It undermines the professional people - the doctors, the nurses, the consultants - who now all want to move on.
In the long run, I believe this practice of paying for media coverage can severely undermine the legitimacy of PR.
The rationale for the policy is that gays undermine unit cohesion, and it increasingly looks like that is backward.
and its neighbors to the south, and undermine any overtures the Bush administration has made to Latino voters at home.
The school transfer policy for students in poor-performing schools undermines ongoing reform programs.
This undermines the protection in the Constitution's Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The first salvo was fired by Stephen Baskerville, a political science professor at Howard University, in a May column for National Review Online that decried "government as family therapy "The government, Baskerville wrote, actively undermines marriage by allowing no-fault divorce and pursuing "one of the most dishonest and destructive policies ever foisted on the public: child-support enforcement.
The United States has reasserted policies of nuclear weapons use that undermine the negative security assurances promised to non-nuclear weapon state parties to the NPT in 1978 and again at the 1995 NFT Review and Extension Conference.
The plaintiffs allege that some of the world's most visible multinationals indirectly caused injury when products or services they sold to the South African government were used to undermine human rights during the apartheid era.
It thereby undermines two key tenets of the traditional pro-gun position: That existing federal anti-gun laws are unconstitutional (so should be repealed, not enforced); and that gun control legislation does not reduce violent crime.
This finding also undermines Bossy's argument that the confessional contributed to the privatization of the sacrament.