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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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a dh The last bloke called Captain Cook to weigh anchor in Napier came to a grisly end when he tried to make friends further afield in the Pacific, but the England fate was only a tame return catch to Tim Southee when he was on course for a century.
A ROYAL Navy warship is to weigh anchor in Cardiff Bay this weekend.
Anchored in the Charpentier Roads, St Nasaire, and having embarked an estimated 9,000 troops she was preparing to weigh anchor on June 17, 1940 when she came under attack from a flight of bombers and was struck by four 500lb bombs.
Neil and Corinne, who met at Birmingham University, will be officially launching their new business on March 31, at Gas Street Basin, after which they will weigh anchor and begin cruising towards Chester.
Titanic cruises into town this week, bigger, glossier and certainly more expensive than anything else that will weigh anchor at a cinema near you for a very long time.
The Revels drama group is preparing to weigh anchor with Sinbad the Sailor.
You will have to weigh anchor and sail away over the horizon Mr Thorne.