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fragility

 [frah-jil´ĭ-te]
susceptibility, or lack of resistance, to influences capable of causing disruption of continuity or integrity.
fragility of blood erythrocyte fragility.
capillary fragility abnormal susceptibility of capillary walls to rupture with extravasation.
erythrocyte fragility unusual susceptibility of erythrocytes to hemolysis under certain conditions; see mechanical fragility and osmotic fragility.
mechanical fragility unusual susceptibility of certain erythrocytes to hemolysis under mechanical stress.
osmotic fragility susceptibility of certain erythrocytes to hemolysis when exposed to increasingly hypotonic solutions; seen in some forms of hemolytic anemia and spherocytosis. A test of osmotic fragility is used in diagnosis of some types of hemolytic anemia.

fra·gil·i·ty

(fra-jil'i-tē),
Brittleness; liability to break, burst, or disintegrate.
Synonym(s): fragilitas
[L. fragilitas]

fra·gil·i·ty

(fră-jil'i-tē)
Brittleness; liability to break, burst, or disintegrate.
[L. fragilitas]
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In a presentation in Juba, South Sudan on 13 February 2014, Joel Hellman of the World Bank stated, 'If countries experience repeated cycles of poor governance, low investment, new stresses and violent relapses, they can remain stuck in a fragility trap.' According to this, South Sudan is stuck in a fragility trap.
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That characterisation of the mutually reinforcing impact of conflict, fragility, and poverty on development as a 'trap' draws from an extensive body of academic and policy literature, including from Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Collier, the World Bank's 2011 World Development Report, and many other sources.
Indentifying keys to breaking the cycle of fragility, Under-Secretary-General Heyzer underlined the importance of citizen security; the strengthening of institutions; good democratic governance; accountable management of resources; and regional & global partnerships.
Since "fragile" states are generally seen as those lacking state capacity, legitimacy, or will to deliver basic services, much of the policy responses to state fragility have emphasized state building.
Critique: A deftly scripted and page-turner of a read from beginning to end, "The Fragility of Bodies" is an original and extraordinary novel by an author who exhibits a distinctively reader engaging narrative storytelling style.
Summary: We are living in a world that witnesses many fragility elements each passing day.