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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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If we had had another day, we would have dropped anchor here -- Cabbage Key gets rowdy with fun on weekend nights.
The occupant of the vessel dropped anchor but was concerned that this would not hold in the prevailing strong tide.
When the lifeboat arrived at the scene its crew found the fishing boat's skipper - and only person on the boat - had dropped anchor to keep it from drifting into the busy shipping lane.
SCASPA's Statistics Dept reported 267 yachts dropped anchor in the first three months of this year vs.
THEY'VE already caused a storm in the West End, now these burlesque beauties have dropped anchor in Newcastle.
The 140,000-tonne MSC Divinia - named in honour of Italian film legend Sophia Loren - dropped anchor in the city last weekend.
Accounts collected by Gulf News yesterday from sources in the maritime industry said that the Hatem II attempted to ride out rough sea conditions overnight and dropped anchor several hundred metres from port.
The UK Border Agency's fast patrol vessel dropped anchor at Albert Dock where its commander and crew talked about their role in protecting the border from smugglers and preventing illegal immigration.
The pilot had dropped anchor but feared strong winds could still blow the 266ft vessel on to the rocks under the pier at Tynemouth.
Sources said the ship MV Musen, had dropped anchor off Andaman and Nicobar coast without taking permission from Indian authorities.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary's Mounts Bay dropped anchor in the city on Friday, opening its doors for one day only on Saturday.
Nash, the first white West Indies player since the early 1970s, dropped anchor for an unbeaten 47.