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retention

1. Pathol the abnormal holding within the body of urine, faeces, etc., that are normally excreted
2. Commerce a sum of money owed to a contractor but not paid for an agreed period as a safeguard against any faults found in the work carried out

retention

1. The withholding of a portion (usually 10%) of a periodic payment to a contractor, by prior agreement, for work completed. The retention is held in escrow for a stipulated time period after the acceptance of the completed work by the architect and owner/payee.
2. The amount of preservative, fire-retardant salt, resin, etc., retained by treated or impregnated wood.
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Intraoral retentive aids are usually considered comfortable for the patient for easy removal and for the examination of the surgical site by the dentist in order to check for recurrence of tumour.
Pharmaceutical company Depomed Inc (NasdaqGS:DEPO) revealed on Monday that it has licensed its Acuform gastric retentive drug delivery technology rights to Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.
They have this weird retentive memory where they hear something, and sit on it for months -before repeating it," the Mirror quoted her as saying.
This volume describes a new generation of magnetic retentive dental appliances that have been developed thanks to stronger magnets and laser welding for corrosion prevention.
It also offers retentive data backup and real time clock.
Thanks to an observant, medically trained eye and a retentive ear, Philip Horniblow has caught the atmosphere of 1940s to '60s Middle East in full measure.
Fill the tray completely so that the retentive lips of the tray, along with the fleece strip, will prevent the material from pulling away from the sides.
said that Monica--the anal retentive neat freak played by Courteney.
The product is made using a patented manufacturing process that employs persistent and retentive kill agents.
The filter is bacterial/viral retentive and 'will help prevent exposure of staff and patients to blood borne pathogens.
They also wanted to investigate the impact of the pore size of membranes on the monomeric and polymeric compositions of permeate and retentive fractions.
These men were revered throughout their homelands for their retentive abilities.