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retrenchment

[ri-trench-muh nt] /rɪˈtrɛntʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
2.
Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < French retrenchement. See retrench, -ment
Related forms
nonretrenchment, noun
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retrenchments in Medicine

retrenchment re·trench·ment (rĭ-trěnch'mənt)
n.
The cutting away of superfluous tissue.

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