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catastrophe

1. Theatre the denouement of a play, esp a classical tragedy
2. any sudden and violent change in the earth's surface caused by flooding, earthquake, or some other rapid process
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Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said sustaining a catastrophic injury from a motor vehicle crash could happen to anyone.
Texas had 16 catastrophic weather events last year, totaling $3.
Several studies have shown that households with health insurance coverage were not necessarily protected from catastrophic expenditures (9).
A final diagnosis of Leprosy with catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome was made.
Catastrophic relief payments will be made solely to Illinois hospitals that are not publicly owned or operated and are not part of a multiple hospital network.
Stewart based his view on a recently concluded study of catastrophic racing injuries in Hong Kong over the past five years.
High performance in catastrophic disasters requires an ability to assess and adapt capacity rapidly, restore or enhance disrupted or inadequate communications, utilize uncharacteristically flexible decision making, and expand coordination and trust of response agencies.
Millman traces the decisions by a health system in Florida, Memorial Healthcare, to go without catastrophic coverage and to lay the groundwork for a captive insurer that would allow it and other hospitals to pool risks and finance their sharply higher deductibles.
The accompanying statistics are based on the Annual Survey of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research by Frederick O.
Now millions of smaller trees have invaded these formerly open forests, setting the stage for hot, catastrophic fires.
The MBA white paper, Natural Disaster Catastrophic Insurance--The Commercial Real Estate Finance Perspective, noted that in 2004 and 2005, natural disasters caused $89 billion in privately insured catastrophic losses, prompting insurance companies to re-examine their business models for insuring natural disasters.
Since a catastrophic loss to the company paid under either side B or side C could wipe out the entire limits of the policy and leave the individuals exposed to future claims, side A only policies were created to provide this protection.

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