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retention (rɪˈtɛnʃən)
1.  the act of retaining or state of being retained
2.  the capacity to hold or retain liquid
3.  the capacity to remember
4.  pathol the abnormal holding within the body of urine, faeces, etc, that are normally excreted
5.  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
6.  (plural) accounting profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends; retained earnings
[C14: from Latin retentiō, from retinēre to retain]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. retentionem (nom. retentio) "a retaining, a holding back," from pp. stem of retinere (see retain). Retentive is attested from late 14c., from O.Fr. retentif.
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Medical Dictionary

retention re·ten·tion (rĭ-těn'shən)

  1. Involuntary withholding by the body of wastes or secretions that are normally eliminated.

  2. The holding by the body of what normally belongs in it, such as food in the stomach.

  3. An ability to recall or recognize what has been learned or experienced; memory.

  4. 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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