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1. Synonym(s): pontic
2. British usage for pacifier (q.v.).
[substitute, imitation dumb, lacking the power of speech, fr. O.E.]


state of depressed consciousness in which the still mobile animal walks continuously and compulsively, head down, stumbling gait, walking into fixed objects, head presses when it meets a fixed object, when trapped in a narrow place is incapable of backing out, walks into human habitation which it would ordinarily shun. May walk in circles. Does not respond to ordinary stimuli, does not eat or drink. Caused by encephalitis, hepatic encephalopathy, subacute lead poisoning. Called also blind staggers, dummy syndrome. See also neonatal maladjustment syndrome.

dummy calf syndrome
thought to be a behavior problem inherited in some breeds; the newborn calf is bright and alert but lacks teat seeking and teat sucking reflexes.
dummy disease
said of lambs born with hydranencephaly due to intrauterine infection with bluetongue virus, usually the vaccine strain.
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performed laboratory rollover tests with six existing dummies (Hybrid III, Hybrid III Pedestrian, Hybrid III with Pedestrian Pelvis, WorldSID, Polar II and THOR) in the same conditions as the PMHS tests conducted by Lessley et al.
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The use of dummies, however, is a crime under the law creating the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), by the Forfeiture Law and by the AntiPlunder Law, she said.
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But these need to be dummies that can stand independently whilst their clothes are vacuumed by the caretaker
EXPENSIVE STAND-IN: Crash-test Dummies cost anywhere from $125,000 to $400,000 and Last an average of 10 years.
A cottage industry has sprung up where coloured gems, plastic beads and magnets are added to dummies and bottles.
Initially a product of IDG Books, the For Dummies imprint is now owned by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
The hand-glued beads and gems can be easily detached from the dummies, posing a potential choking danger to a baby or small child.
The dummies, which promoted auto safety and grabbed eyeballs in public service TV ads for over two decades, grew to become an integral part of American culture and their popularity inspired toy lines, cartoons and even a video game.
As a result, crash dummies for front-impact (Hybrid), side-impact (SID), and rear-impact (RID) have been developed and physical crash dummies are a valuable part of every automotive OEM's product design, development, and testing arsenal.