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dam

 [dam]
1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water or other fluid.
dental dam rubber dam.
rubber dam a sheet of thin latex rubber used by dentists to isolate a tooth or teeth from the fluids of the mouth during dental treatment, held in place by a clamp and frame. Occasionally these are used in surgical procedures to isolate tissues or structures. Called also dam.
A well-sealed properly inverted rubber dam. From Darby and Walsh, 1994.

DAM

Abbreviation for diacetylmonoxime.

Dam

(dahm),
C.P. Henrik, Danish biochemist and Nobel laureate, 1895-1976. See: Dam unit.

dam

(dam),
1. Any barrier to the flow of fluid.
2. In surgery and dentistry, a sheet of thin rubber arranged so as to shut off the operative site from the access of fluid.
[A.S. fordemman, to stop up]

dam 1

(dăm)
n.
A barrier against the passage of liquid or loose material, as a rubber sheet used in dentistry to isolate one or more teeth from the rest of the mouth.

dam′mer n.

dam 2

(dăm)
n.
A female parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.

dam

(dam)
1. Any barrier to the flow of fluid.
2. surgery, dentistry A sheet of thin rubber arranged so as to shut off the part operated upon from the access of fluid.
[A.S. fordemman, to stop up]

dam

(dam)
1. Any barrier to the flow of fluid.
2. In surgery and dentistry, sheet of thin rubber arranged to shut off operative site from the access of fluid.
[A.S. fordemman, to stop up]
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In the deal, the 3 firms will be accountable for the development of an earthfill dam, 2 diversion tunnels and a concrete base for the making station and spillways.
It includes the construction of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels, and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.