[ ri-ten-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈtɛn ʃən /
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Origin of retention
Related formsnon·re·ten·tion, nouno·ver·re·ten·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-retention
/ (rɪˈtɛnʃən) /
the act of retaining or state of being retained
the capacity to hold or retain liquid
the capacity to remember
pathol the abnormal holding within the body of urine, faeces, etc, that are normally excreted
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
(plural) accounting profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends; retained earnings
Word Origin for retention
C14: from Latin retentiō, from retinēre to retain
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Word Origin and History for non-retention
late 14c., from Latin retentionem (nominative retentio) "a retaining, a holding back," noun of action from past participle stem of retinere (see retain). Originally medical; mental sense is from late 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for non-retention
[ rĭ-tĕn′shən ]
Involuntary withholding by the body of wastes or secretions that are normally eliminated.
The holding by the body of what normally belongs in it, such as food in the stomach.
An ability to recall or recognize what has been learned or experienced; memory.
In dentistry, a period following orthodontic treatment when a patient wears an appliance or appliances to stabilize the teeth in their new position.
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