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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.
During 2005, the average number of break points converted by the top 150 was 39.4 per cent while 59.4 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).
Davydenko drew first blood in the game three, taking Nadal to 0-40 beforeconvertingthethird of his break-point opportunities from the net.
He threatened to undo all his good work in the eighth but Nadal wasted three break-point opportunities.
Federer should have levelled in the ninth game, but he squandered four set points, taking his break-point success rate to just one of 16.
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.
Murray found joy by virtue of a break-point chance in the very first game, and he duly converted as Djokovic netted a forehand return.
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. Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin had two aces compared to their opponents' seven.
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.