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break·point

(brāk'poynt),
In helminth epidemiology, the critical mean wormload in a community, below which the helminth mating frequency is too low to maintain reproduction. Below this level, helminth infection in the community will progressively decline, ultimately to zero.
Infectious diseases A level of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) at which a bacterium is deemed either susceptible or resistant to an antibiotic being used
Molecular biology A site in the DNA’s double helix where there is an interruption of both strands of nucleotides
Vox populi A popular term for a quantitative value or ‘point’ at which an event—e.g., a decision, action, or other response—is initiated

break·point

(brāk'poynt)
1. In helminth epidemiology, the critical mean wormload in a community, below which the helminth mating frequency is too low to maintain reproduction. Below this level, helminth infection in the community will progressively decline, ultimately to zero.
2. A point in any continuous process or function at which an interruption, cessation, or change occurs.
3. In antimicrobial therapy, concentration of an antibiotic that can be achieved in body fluids or target sites during optimal therapy.
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Two statistics document how players react to breakpoint situations, the percentage of break-point chances they convert, and the percentage they save.
4 per cent were saved, and these averages give some meaning to the records of the players in the table (it lists this year's break-point conversion and saved stats alongside players' 2005 averages in these categories).
But Djokovic had other ideas and following a first set in which he had been unable to create any break-point opportunities, he opened up by first saving a crucial break-point after his forehand volley clipped the baseline and then taking the lead in the sixth game, as Murray was forced to play a backhand return off his feet, and then missed a mid-court volley at the net.
At 0-30 down in the fourth, Murray's game appeared to be unravelling, and again as he fought his way back into the contest, he presented Djokovic with a break-point opportunity, which the five-time major champion wasted with a long forehand.
To win matches it's a necessity to convert plenty of break-point chances while holding on to your own serve so you would expect this season's star performers to have high 2006 break-point ratings that are above, or close, to last year's average.
It could be a wise to treat the early season form of those whose break-point ratings are significantly higher than their 2005 averages with a degree of caution as lucky breaks at the key moments of matches may have contributed to these successes.
After missing an early break-point chance, he then had to save two against him before an overhead smash finally secured the fifth game.
The contest lasted a little over two hours and saw the Indo-French combo convert one out of two break point chances, while their opponents converted three out of 12 break-points.
Nadal took the next game and he had a great chance to level the scores up at 3-3 when he earned four break-points on Murray's serve, but the Scot dug deep to win the game and take a 4-2 advantage.