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lag

 [lag]
1. the time elapsing between application of a stimulus and the resulting reaction.
2. the early period after inoculation of bacteria into a culture medium, in which the growth or cell division is slow.
lag of accommodation the extent to which the eyes fail to focus accurately.
anaphase lag delayed movement during anaphase of one homologous chromosome in mitosis or of one chromatid in meiosis, so that the chromosome is not incorporated into the nucleus of one of the daughter cells; the result is one normal cell and one cell with monosomy.
jet lag see jet lag.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

lag

(lag),
1. To move or progress more slowly than normal; to fall behind.
2. The act or condition of falling behind.
3. The time interval between a change in one variable and a consequent change in another variable.
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The 63-year-old former lagger, who used to work at ICI, said: "I'm retired and can't do any heavy work.
Mr Smith became an apprentice lagger with Darlington Insulation after he left school in 1955.
Seven men allegedly involved in the smuggling plot appeared at Liverpool crown court for a preliminary hearing: Alexander Thom, 41, of Perth, Scotland; Francis Smith,53, of Allerton Road, Allerton; Anthony O'Toole, 39, a lagger; his 19year-old son Dean O'Toole, both of Lapwing Close, West Derby; Alan Gerrard, 44, a roofer, of Harecroft, Stockbridge Village; Harold Camello, 40, a garage owner, of Dacy Road, Anfield and Anthony Healey, 41, of Graylands Road, Walton.
Retired pipe lagger Graham Reeves, 69, died in March 2000 five weeks after his healthy left kidney was removed instead of his diseased right kidney.
ERNIE White began working with asbestos as a lagger's mate for Falcon Insulations at the Lancaster Gate Hotel in West London in 1967.
A RETIRED lagger and boiler operator died of an industrial disease, an inquest ruled.
The Birmingham-born singer/ songwriter began work as a pipe lagger, spending his nights singing in pubs and writing poetry.
He was a lagger for an industrial insulation firm for two years during the 1950s and then worked as a docker for 25 years.