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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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Each individual drug and device labeling had to be updated whenever breakpoints changed.
In contrast to it, this paper presents one method which only some SFR (special function register) needed to realize the main debugging functions such as single step operation, breakpoint, etc.
For metronidazole, moxifloxacin, and vancomycin categorical agreement between agar dilution and tentative interpretative criteria for disk diffusion was evaluated using CLSI and EUCAST breakpoints for agar dilution.
In accordance with the CLSI recommendations, the results were interpreted using the breakpoints of penicillin and ceftriaxone for meningeal and non-meningeal strains (4).
X} breakpoints for simulated translocated fragment lengths of X = 140 bases with both ends unique.
The document provides revised doripenem, imipenem, and meropenem disk diffusion and MIC interpretive criteria with dosage regimens on which the breakpoints are based.
3) Method of graph search [7]: build one graph based on the breakpoints, and then determine the best connections by graph search considering the necessary physical constraints.
As of November 2011 the FDA had not yet confirmed whether the breakpoints on the majority of reference-listed antibiotics labels were up to date.
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute breakpoints for penicillin and ceftriaxone varied for meningitis or nonmeningitis infections (Table 2).
Breakpoints generally function as a sliding reduction in the sales charge percentage available for purchases, usually beginning at $25,000 or $50,000 (or the corresponding number of units).
Breakpoints are MICs that define infections as susceptible (treatable), intermediate (possibly treatable with higher doses), and resistant (not treatable) to certain antimicrobials.