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Text that appears at the bottom of a page that adds explanation. It is often used to give credit to the source of information. When accumulated and printed at the end of a document, they are called "endnotes."



a supplementary printed text; an explanation, source reference, or editor’s comment located at the bottom of a page or column and separated from the main text by a straight line. Footnotes are printed in a smaller type size and are preceded by a sign (a number or asterisk) corresponding to the sign following the statement in the main text that is being elucidated. Footnotes are numbered continuously or by chapter or section.

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A change in the order of the vaccines to group vaccines according to the recommended ages of administration, as well as to the order of the footnotes.
The footnote on Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccine specifies who should receive the vaccine if immunocompromised.
In Footnotes as Product Differentiation, (6) published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Professor Austin examined one of his favorite topics--legal scholarship--through the lens of another of his favorite topics: antitrust.
Twentieth-century American readers possibly need a footnote (although they are not given one here) explaining that men's clubs in London resolutely exclude females, and this would then provide them with a knowledge not at that moment available for Isabel - who also needs footnotes, faced with the alien culture of England and a tease such as Ralph.
There followed a discussion of how generic a footnote disclaimer could be.
Too bad he didn't read the footnote on that page more carefully, which is reproduced in pertinent part below:
This article will review the financial accounting standards requiring disclosures, indicating the changes in footnote disclosures over the last 20 years and looking at suggestions for changing disclosure requirements.
Footnote generation represents "a gaping hole," especially in an environment in which financial restatements have skyrocketed, he says.
And Routledge must take the blame for the hopeless editing, examples of which appear liberally in the footnotes; some have page numbers, some do not, and at least one footnote signalled in the text fails to appear at the end of the chapter.
In the spirit of his recent courageous and well-publicized questioning of the authenticity of certain old master drawings (see Peter Lanesman, "A Crisis of Fakes," New York Times Magazine, March 18, 2001), Turner questions the compositional sketch in the Cleveland Museum of Art for the lost Flight of Aeneas from Troy (of which an autograph copy exists in the Borghese Gallery), although it is relegated to a footnote.