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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.
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.
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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).