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control

[ kuhn-trohl ]
/ kənˈtroʊl /
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verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.
noun
Verb Phrases
control for, Statistics. to account for (variables in an analysis) by limiting the data under consideration to a comparison of like things: to control for demographic factors.
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Origin of control

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English co(u)ntrollen (verb), from Anglo-French contreroller “to keep a duplicate account or roll,” derivative of contrerolle (noun); see counter-, roll

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British Dictionary definitions for control

control
/ (kənˈtrəʊl) /

verb -trols, -trolling or -trolled (tr)
noun

Derived forms of control

controllable, adjectivecontrollability or controllableness, nouncontrollably, adverb

Word Origin for control

C15: from Old French conteroller to regulate, from contrerolle duplicate register, system of checking, from contre- counter- + rolle roll
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Medical definitions for control

control
[ kən-trōl ]

v.
To verify or regulate a scientific experiment by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.
To hold in restraint; check.
n.
A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.
An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a control experiment.
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Scientific definitions for control

control
[ kən-trōl ]

A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment. In an experiment to test the effectiveness of a new drug, for example, one group of subjects (the control group) receives an inactive substance or placebo , while a comparison group receives the drug being tested.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with control

control

see out of control; spin control.

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