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dilation

[də′lā·shən]
(mathematics)
A transformation which changes the size, and only the size, of a geometric figure.
An operation that provides a relatively flexible boundary to a fuzzy set; for a fuzzy set A with membership function mA, a dilation of A is a fuzzy set whose membership function has the value [mA (x)]βfor every element x, where β is a fixed number that is greater than 0 and less than 1.
(science and technology)
The act or process of stretching or expanding.
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This product is designed to dilate strictures in the submandibular and parotid salivary ducts.
The cause was diagnosed to be failure of cervix to dilate properly due to hormonal insufficiency or due to injury during previous dystocia in previous calving.
What Barba comes to affirm explicitly, at the end of what he has been searching and practicing all along, is to cultivate a praxis of body that unfolds and dilates as the thinking unfolds and reaches out.
First stage of labour is the body getting the baby into position to come out and it allows the cervix (neck of the womb) to dilate to allow the baby through.
The show dilates on four themes: Strong Images, Critical Viewpoints, Emerging Peripheries, and The Athens Effect--which doesn't tell you much, although it does sound very right now/yesterday.
Proteon Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing PRT-201, a novel human recombinant protein that permanently dilates segments of blood vessels, blocks vasospasm, and reduces the formation of vascular scarring.