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Pronunciation: sus-pen'shun


  1. A temporary interruption of any function.
  2. A hanging from a support, as used in the treatment of spinal curvatures or during the application of a plaster jacket.
  3. Fixation of an organ, such as the uterus, to other tissue for support.
  4. The dispersion through a liquid of a solid in finely divided particles of a size large enough to be detected by purely optic means; if the particles are too small to be seen by microscope but still large enough to scatter light (Tyndall phenomenon), they will remain dispersed indefinitely and are then called a colloidal suspension
  5. A class of pharmacopoeial preparations of finely divided, undissolved drugs (powders for suspension) dispersed in liquid vehicles for oral or parenteral use.

Synonym(s): coarse dispersion

[L. suspensio, fr. sus-pendo, pp. -pensus, to hang up, suspend]

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