compartmentalization

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compartmentalization

The division of a building into fire-retardant sections, each of which can be closed off from the others, thereby impeding the spread of fire beyond its place of origin.
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It could have intervened in Syria and continued the talks with Iran with the belief that the Islamic regime needs to compartmentalize things as much as Washington does.
My thoughts were, "I am a professional aviator, and we compartmentalize.
Relatedly, Shafer's rather melodramatic reference to Wilson's triumph over obstacles in his early life in Pittsburgh serves to compartmentalize him and reduce him to cliche.
This "ideal" tended to compartmentalize dancers into rigid categories--short dancers, for example, were condemned to a professional life of dancing character roles.
Although the broadly conceptual articles by Dirk Hoerder, Klaus Bade, and Kamphoefner all stress the causal links between emigration and internal migration, it is clear that research agendas and institutional funding still tend to compartmentalize these demographic twins.
With a simple failure of the mechanisms that normally compartmentalize or clean up excitotoxins, there is the potential for widespread neuronal destruction.