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1. Synonym(s): kola
2. [L.] strain (imperative form).


A plural of colon2.
A generic term for a carbonated beverage—commonly called ‘soda’ or ‘pop’—either artificially sweetened with saccharin or aspartame—average < 5 calories—or glucose, fructose—average 170 calories—purchased in cans or bottles or served from a tap
Adverse effects on health—peer-reviewed data: Carbonation is associated with dental erosion, osteoporosis, increased risk of fractures, and kidney stones; the sweeteners are linked to obesity and increased risk of type 2 diabetes


Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation.


, kola (kō′lă) [W. African kola]
A genus of tropical trees that produce the kola nut. A kola nut extract is used in pharmaceutical preparations and as a main ingredient in some carbonated beverages.
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With initial premium levels a major concern to a successful group long-term-care insurance enrollment, many group long-term-care insurance plans de-emphasize compound COLA and instead offer a pay-as-you-go guaranteed insurability buy-up option.
And COLAs are wasteful because Uncle Sam gives them to people who don't need the money.
Keith, who founded the National Committee on Public Employee Pension Systems 15 years ago, says full COLAs on entire pension benefits are unnecessary, and he's right.
He said Virgin Cola will start with just a $25 million marketing budget to challenge Coke, which earned $1 billion in the third quarter alone.
First, they aren't applied year after year to a base pension figure, but are compounded annually, COLA on top of COLA.
The cola wars take on a new dimension this weekend with this morning's planned launch of space shuttle Endeavour with a soda dispenser.
The cost of a litre of the new Mundet Multisabores equals that of Big Cola but the former is sold in a smaller and easier to handle two-litre bottle.
Kaplan continues: "In May and June, at Carrefour, Tesco, and Wal-Mart stores in China we intend to bring out DIET versions of our very popular flavors, which include MALIBU-COLA, MALIBU SUNRISE ORANGE, MALIBU SURF'S UP LEMON LIME, MALIBU VERRY CHERRY COLA, MALIBU LEMON SQUEEZE (carbonated lemonade).