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1. molecular biology a hydrolytic cleavage of two opposing phosphodiester bonds in a double-stranded nucleic acid. Compare: nick.
2. To sever or divide.
3. To separate into fractions.
4. An informal term for a fraction.
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v. cut, cutting, cuts
1. To penetrate with a sharp edge; strike a narrow opening in.
2. To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever: cut cloth with scissors.
3. To sever the edges or ends of; shorten: cut one's hair.
4. To have (a new tooth) grow through the gums.
5. To injure (oneself) by penetrating the skin with a sharp object.
1. To make an incision or a separation: Cut along the dotted line.
2. To allow incision or severing: Butter cuts easily.
3. To function as a sharp-edged instrument.
4. To grow through the gums. Used of teeth.
5. To inflict self-injury by penetrating the skin with a sharp object.
1. The act of cutting.
2. The result of cutting, especially an opening or wound made by a sharp edge.

cut′ta·ble adj.
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Drug slang
verb To adulterate a drug—e.g., by adding talcum powder to cocaine.

Forensic pathology
noun Incised wound, see there.

Managed care
noun See Medicare cut

Molecular biology
noun A hydrolytic cleavage of 2 opposing phosphodiester in double-stranded DNA.

noun An interruption of the mucocutaneous surface, usually understood to be a laceration.

Clean with soap and water, alcohol, H2O2, iodine; suture if necessary.

Erythema, swelling, pain; pus drainage may signal infection.
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Separation of skin or other tissue made by a sharp edge, producing regular edges.
Mentioned in: Wounds
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1. To sever or divide.
2. To separate into fractions.
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Patient discussion about cut

Q. can he simply cut down? When a problem drinker take effort to stop his habit, can he simply cut down?

A. It can be appreciated if he is not toooooo late. So it depends. If that person has been diagnosed as an alcoholic, the answer is "no." Alcoholics who try to cut down on drinking rarely succeed. Cutting out alcohol--that is, abstaining - is usually the best course for recovery. People who are not alcohol dependent but who have experienced alcohol-related problems may be able to limit the amount they drink. If they can't stay within those limits, they need to stop drinking altogether.


A. are you sure you are allergic to that? cause it's important to be specific. the more specific you are the better is to treat it. is it from the grass pollen? is it from a material inside the grass? that sort of things. the best treatment is avoidance. the others..well, look for yourself, no magic solutions here:

i am allergic to peanuts, no peanut butter jelly time for me...
good luck

Q. Why do alcoholic people always failed to realize that cutting with the drinks is out of their capabilities after they are beyond the tipping point of just drinking bears and having fun to the point of being addictive to it ... i mean i see it all the time .. what cause this incapability of facing the truth ?

A. DENIAL that they have a problem,most addicts that have accepted the fact that they are powerless over there addition -donot have to think twice about it--very simply put an addict/alcoholic is a man/womam whose life is controlled by drugs/alcohol--they are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always thesame--jails/institutions and death.---accepting this is very hard for most people---people cant believe that they donot have control of ther life----all they have to do is find a AA/NA meeting an sit in as a guest,listen to ther storys---mrfoot56

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In response, a council spokesman has said it has requested Ms Kassin to cut back the overgrown vegetation on numerous occasions and will now employ a private contractor to carry out the work, sending her the bill.
I garden on an acre (and more than half is in beds and borders) and don't have time to cut back all the perennials in spring or in fall.
Belfast tops the league table of Christmas savers - with 71% planning to cut back - while Cardiff came fifth in the table at 59%.
Datamonitor, parent company of research firm Ovum, surveyed 39,000 people around the globe and concluded that while the customers "show some degree of resilience" in consumer telecom spending (only 7.6% of consumers indicated that they would definitely cut back on spending), more than a quarter of consumers surveyed would consider cutting back on their telecom spending.
Millions of people have also cut down on dry cleaning, cut back or canceled cable television service, stopped buying their morning coffee at a coffee shop, changed or canceled their cell phone service, increased usage of carpooling or mass transit, and canceled their telephone land line service, according to the Internet-based market research firm's poll.
But there's one area they should not cut back on - the armed services.
After years of free and easy credit, many are now treading carefully as banks cut back on lending and the threat of unemployment grows.
Of the more than 60 percent of respondents who said they planned to cut back on their restaurant spending, 64 percent said they would consider cutting back on appetizers and 54 percent would alter their entree order, while 18 percent or less said they would alter their beer, wine or spirits consumption.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, two Trials of hypertension Prevention (TOHP) randomly assigned roughly 3,000 people aged 30 to 54 with prehypertension to eat their usual diet or to cut back on sodium--the average reduction was 800 to 1,000 milligrams a day--for 1 1/2 to 3 years.
A total of 84 percent of workers agree that they tan always cut back on their lifestyle if it looks like their savings are going to run out.
They can be harvested for teas, food, and medicine, and can be cut back and applied directly as mulch or added to your compost, returning high levels of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium to the soil.
Some suggestions: Ban soda, potato chips, and other unhealthy snacks from schools; tax junk foods, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, a major culprit in the fattening of America; promote jogging and biking, and encourage exercise breaks; expand, not cut back, physical-education programs.