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A swinging motion of the hand and arm carried out by balancing on the fulcrum finger during periodontal scaling. The hand pivot is used to assist in maintaining adaptation of the working-end of the scaling instrument.


said of the exercise demanded of a horse when testing a limb for weakness or lameness; the horse is forced to turn very tightly so that it actually pivots on the limb being examined.
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ALAN GEORGE AND ESMOND NG, Symbolic Factorization for Sparse Gaussian Elimination with Partial Pivoting, SIAM J.
ELEANOR CHU AND ALAN GEORGE, Gaussian Elimination with Partial Pivoting and Load Balancing on a Multiprocessor, Parallel Comput.
In 1977, Bunch and Kaufman proposed a partial pivoting method, now known as the Bunch-Kaufman pivoting method, where a 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 pivot can be determined by searching at most two columns of the reduced matrix at each step [6].
HIGHAM, Stability of the diagonal pivoting method with partial pivoting, SIAM J.
PENA, Scaled pivots and scaled partial pivoting strategies, SIAM J.

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