|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|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 |
retention re·ten·tion (rĭ-těn'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.