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in·stru·ment

(in'strū-ment),
A tool or implement.
[L. instrumentum]

instrument

/in·stru·ment/ (in´strdbobr-ment) any tool, appliance, or apparatus.

instrument

[in′strəmənt]
Etymology: L, instrumentum, tool
a surgical tool or device designed to perform a specific function, such as cutting, dissecting, grasping, holding, retracting, or suturing. Surgical instruments are usually made of steel and are specially treated to be durable, heat-resistant, rust-resistant, and stain-proof. Some kinds of instruments are clamp, needle holder, retractor, and speculum.

instrument

A tool—e.g., questionnaire, diary—used in a clinical trial to capture data, as well as the information and documentation that supports the data’s use.

Instruments include clearly defined methods and instructions for administration and responses to queries, a standard format for data collection and well-documented methods for scoring, analysing and interpreting results.

in·stru·ment

(in'strŭ-mĕnt)
A tool or implement.
[L. instrumentum]

instrument

1. A means by which something is done. An agency used to accomplish some purpose.
2. A surgical instrument.
3. A displaying or recording device.

in·stru·ment

(in'strŭ-mĕnt)
A tool or implement.
[L. instrumentum]

instrument

a delicate tool.

instrument milk
an emulsion used as an instrument lubricant.
instrument ties
ties for knots in sutures made with instruments.

Patient discussion about instrument

Q. How do i know what essential tools/instruments i need to buy for my baby?

A. we bought a lot of crap when out first born came along. most of it was really not useful and we could easily do without. form what i remember, we should have bought maybe second hand crib and not a new one, all this miniature outfits were really expendable. the baby grows VERY fast. all kind of shoes- until the day he start walking, it's just a waste of time.

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Introducing TSSR (Temperature Scanning Stress Relaxation) instrument designed to measure the thermomechanical properties of TPEs and polymers subjected to constant stress at a constantly rising temperature.
The higher the frequency (the faster the vibrations), the higher the pitch the instrument makes.
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Abrevity's approach looks inside FACS and other instrument files, extracts target data, tags the files with new metadata for classification and then allows for policy-based management," he says.
The results of the student instrument on rating of teacher/course effectiveness as created by the teacher can be seen in Figures 1 and 2.
The OID rules must be applied to determine whether the sum of the OID on the debt instrument and the debt issuance costs results in an amount that is de minimis under the de minimis OID rules.
And the licensing and whatever in the two states is much less restrictive for the type instrument that I have as opposed to the nuclear source instrument.
A financial instrument that embodies an unconditional obligation, or a financial instrument other than an outstanding share that embodies a conditional obligation, that the issuer must or may settle by issuing a variable number of its equity shares, if, at inception, the monetary value of the obligation is based solely or predominantly on any of the following:
For example, the measurand associated with an artifact's length might be well specified when using an instrument with mechanical contact probes (such as specifying a correction for the mechanical contact deformation), but may be less well specified when using optical or capacitance probing technologies.
For one, consumers have been told for years that the best instruments are made from precious tropical woods like mahogany, ebony and rosewood--the very species most in danger.
This lead to the adoption of the dead load instrument where the indentation depth was largely user independent.