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anchor

(ang'ker),
Any device that fixes the position of an object with respect to its surroundings.
[M.E. anker, fr. O.E. ancor, fr. L. ancora, fr. G. ankyra]

anchor

A clinical trial term of art for a planned activity, often marking the transition between epochs (stages) or elements of a clinical study plan—e.g., FP/FV (first patient/first visit).

anchor

(ang′kŏr) [L. ancora, anchora, fr Gr. ankyra, anchor]
1. Any structure that provides stability for a prosthetic dental appliance, e.g., a crown, bridge, or denture. The anchor may be a metal implant, a natural tooth, or part of a fixed bridge.
2. In emergency medicine, to tie or attach a rope or sling so it will not move and can support the weight of the rescuers, basket, and patient.
3. A tree, rock, door casing, or other strong stable device that will not move when a rescuer and patient's weight are attached to it.
4. In cell biology, a scaffold within the cell or its membranes, on which enzymes or other important molecules are suspended.
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to evaluate mechanically (Komi, 1990) the failure strength of the combination of standard surgical suture with each of four commonly used bone anchors as a function of anchor design, suture pull angle, and anchor eyelet rotational orientation; 2.
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New ``CBS Evening News'' anchor Katie Couric, right, and Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, answer reporters' questions in Pasadena on Sunday.
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Anchor Glass Container Corporation is a leading manufacturer of glass containers with 8 manufacturing facilities in North America and over 2900 employees.
Speaking of the successful completion of the job, Mr Kloosterman says, We were pleased to be able to serve our customers in their quest for this very specific type of anchor.
Another local anchor who chooses blazers over bustiers agreed to talk anonymously.
They retained Macy's as an anchor and brought in Nordstrom's.
Chenmin Hu, President of Anchor Semiconductor, said, "From both a technology and business perspective, this is the right time for us to expand the company.
This is why Anchor is thrilled to announce its plan to grow Anchor's staff by 20%.
Williams replaces Brokaw, who concluded his 21-year run as anchor of ``Nightly News'' on Wednesday.