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instrument

1. Music any of various contrivances or mechanisms that can be played to produce musical tones or sounds
2. a measuring device, such as a pressure gauge or ammeter
3. 
a. a device or system for use in navigation or control, esp of aircraft
b. (as modifier): instrument landing
4. a formal legal document

Instrument

 

a tool of human labor or an actuating mechanism of a machine, which “takes hold of an object of labor and alters it in an expedient fashion” (K. Marx, in K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 23, p. 384).

Instruments are divided into the following categories: (1) cutting (cutter, drill, broach, milling cutter), (2) pressing (stamp, knurl), (3) polishing (polishing wheel, whetstone), (4) percussion (hammer, chisel, punch), and (5) fastening-clamping (machine tool chuck, cutter tool post, vise, tongs). Various devices, apparatus, and equipment used in science and technology for measurements and other procedures and in medicine and veterinary science for surgical operations, therapeutic procedures, and research are also called instruments.

instrument

[′in·strə·mənt]
(engineering)
A device for measuring and sometimes also recording and controlling the value of a quantity under observation.

instrument

A device using an internal mechanism to show visually or aurally the attitude, altitude, or operation of an aircraft or an aircraft part. It includes electronic devices for automatically controlling an aircraft in flight.

instrument

(programming)
To install devices or instructions into hardware or software to monitor the operation of a system or component.
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The controlled, efficient, autoclavable electric motor and handpiece combinations are today the standard cutting instruments in endodontics, implant surgery, and periodontal surgery.
Product Overview II-8 Select Dental Surgical Equipment - A Review II-8 Dental Instrument Delivery Systems Units II-8 Mobile Dental Units II-8 Stationary Dental Units II-8 X-Ray Systems II-8 Digital X-ray System II-9 Dental Lasers II-9 Dental Chairs II-10 Dental Stools II-10 Intra-oral Cameras II-10 Dental Hand Instruments II-10 Forceps II-10 Pliers II-11 Broaches II-11 Cutting Instruments II-11 Burs II-11 Others II-11 Infection Control Equipment II-12 Dental Supplies II-12
Table 27: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Dental Hand Instruments by Product Segment - Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments and Burs Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-69
Table 28: World Long-term Projections for Dental Hand Instruments by Product Segment - Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments and Burs Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-69
Table 30: World 10-Year Perspective for Dental Hand Instruments by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments and Burs for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-71
Table 38: US Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Dental Surgical Equipment by Product Segment - Dental Instrument Delivery System Units (Mobile, Stationary), Digital X-ray Systems, Dental Lasers, Chairs & Stools, Intra-oral Video Cameras, Dental Hand Instruments (Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments, Burs) and Infection Control Equipment Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26
Table 39: US Long-term Projections for Dental Surgical Equipment by Product Segment - Dental Instrument Delivery System Units (Mobile, Stationary), Digital X-ray Systems, Dental Lasers, Chairs & Stools, Intra-oral Video Cameras, Dental Hand Instruments (Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments, Burs) and Infection Control Equipment Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27
Market Analytics III-60 Table 60: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Dental Surgical Equipment by Product Segment - Dental Instrument Delivery System Units (Mobile, Stationary), Digital X-ray Systems, Dental Lasers, Chairs & Stools, Intra-oral Video Cameras, Dental Hand Instruments (Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments, Burs) and Infection Control Equipment Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-60
The Company believes that it is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of dental prosthetics, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, endodontic instruments and materials, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, ultrasonic scalers, and crown and bridge materials; the leading United States manufacturer and distributor of dental handpieces, dental x-ray film holders, film mounts and bone substitute/grafting materials; and a leading worldwide manufacturer or distributor of dental implants, impression materials, orthodontic appliances, dental cutting instruments, infection control products, and dental injectable anesthetics.
The Company believes that it is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of dental prosthetics, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, endodontic instruments and materials, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, ultrasonic scalers, and crown and bridge materials; a leading United States manufacturer and distributor of dental handpieces, dental x-ray film holders, film mounts and bone substitute/grafting materials; and a leading worldwide manufacturer or distributor of dental injectable anesthetics, impression materials, orthodontic appliances, dental cutting instruments and dental implants.
The major product segments analyzed are Dental Instrument Delivery System Units (Mobile, and Stationary), X-Ray Systems, Dental Lasers, Chairs & Stools, Intra-Oral Video Camera, Dental Hand Instruments (Forceps, Pliers, Broaches, Cutting Instruments, and Burs), and Infection Control Equipment.