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breakdown

[′brāk‚dau̇n]
(electricity)
A large, usually abrupt rise in electric current in the presence of a small increase in voltage; can occur in a confined gas between two electrodes, a gas tube, the atmosphere (as lightning), an electrical insulator, and a reverse-biased semiconductor diode. Also known as electrical breakdown.
(metallurgy)
The initial process of rolling and drawing, or a series of such processes, which reduce a casting or extruded shape before its final reduction to desired size.
(petroleum engineering)
The amount of pressure required at the wellhead to rupture a formation during fracture treatment.
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The NCSBN TERCAP database serves as a repository for boards of nursing to enter cases with nursing practice breakdown using a taxonomy specific to nursing in order to implement strategies to mitigate the factors causing the nursing errors or nursing practice breakdown.
Equipment breakdown is a necessary coverage for complex global property risks, notes Mike Martin, executive vice president and general manager, Liberty Mutual s National Accounts Property.
Another goal was to standardize care by having one nurse assess and reevaluate skin breakdown routinely instead of having multiple nurses view the same area with different opinions on staging and treating the skin.
According to the survey, there is an average 5% chance of a breakdown for a car up to five years old - with only a 3% chance of a car letting you down during the first three years of its life.
No customer today should be satisfied with just paying premiums and looking for income recovery when equipment breakdowns occur.
Breakdown Repair, which comes as an add-on to Saga's Breakdown Assistance, allows customers to claim back the cost of garage labour and replacement parts up to the value of pounds 500 (subject to a pounds 25 excess) if they cannot continue their journey following a breakdown.
The most common problems are flat batteries, punctured tyres and engine troubles and the cost of recovery can be more than pounds 100 if you don't have proper breakdown cover.
The series sees the theatrical re-release of Almodovar's early works, including ``Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,'' ``The Law of Desire'' and ``Matador,'' as a lead-in to his 16th and latest film, ``Volver,'' which stars Penelope Cruz and opens Nov.
In April, Environmental Protection Agency scientists reported finding trace concentrations of two breakdown products of this drug in wastes released into a stream by an Ohio cattle feedlot.
Purpose: To develop a simple, single-page measurement tool that evaluates risk of skin breakdown in the pediatric population and apply it to the acutely hospitalized child.
More information about this topic (including a complete breakdown of the types of circumstances in which officers were feloniously killed) is provided in Table 20.
2) A tuberculosis breakdown is confirmed when a visible lesion, typical of tuberculosis, is seen by an official veterinary officer in the carcass of a tuberculosis reactor at postmortem or, if Mycobacterium bovis is cultured from the set of lymph glands that are routinely collected at postmortem and sent to a state veterinary laboratory for culture.