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limb

1
1. an arm or leg, or the analogous part on an animal, such as a wing
2. any of the main branches of a tree

limb

2
1. the edge of the apparent disc of the sun, a moon, or a planet
2. Botany
a. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
b. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
3. either of the two halves of a bow
4. either of the sides of a geological fold
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limb

(lim) The apparent edge of the Sun, Moon, or a planet, or any other celestial body with a detectable disk.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Limb

 

a flat metal ring divided by lines into equal parts of circumference (for example, degrees or minutes). It is the most important part of instruments used in measuring angles (in astronomy, geodesy, physics, and so on); it gives a reading of the magnitude of the angle. The scale units of a limb are read by means of a vernier or a micrometric microscope.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

limb

[limb]
(anatomy)
An extremity or appendage used for locomotion or prehension, such as an arm or a leg.
(astronomy)
The circular outer edge of a celestial body; the half with the greater altitude is called the upper limb, and the half with the lesser altitude, the lower limb.
(botany)
A large primary tree branch.
(design engineering)
The graduated margin of an arc or circle in an instrument for measuring angles, as that part of a marine sextant carrying the altitude scale.
The graduated staff of a leveling rod.
(geology)
One of the two sections of an anticline or syncline on either side of the axis. Also known as flank.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(2004) and FERRIGNO (2011), the initial reluctance of the owner to amputation was the main reason for choosing limb sparing technique as showed in this report.
(1,3-8) Limb sparing surgery with endoprosthetic replacement is currently an acceptable treatment option for both primary and extensive metastatic tumors that provides the patient with a functional upper extremity and a low complication rate.
In that study a retrospective review of 317 patients with non-metastatic extremity soft tissue sarcoma evaluated the margins, according to the Enneking classification [11], at the time of a limb sparing surgical resection.
Developments in chemotherapy, radiotherapy, imaging and surgical techniques have however made limb sparing surgery possible for many patients (1,3).