Associations to the word «Orphan»


ORPHAN, noun. A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parents have died.
ORPHAN, noun. A young animal with no mother.
ORPHAN, noun. (figuratively) Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.
ORPHAN, noun. (typography) A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.
ORPHAN, noun. (computing) Any unreferenced object.
ORPHAN, adjective. Deprived of parents (also orphaned).
ORPHAN, adjective. (by extension) (figuratively) Remaining after the removal of some form of support.
ORPHAN, verb. (transitive) To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive)
ORPHAN, verb. (transitive) (computing) To make unavailable, as by removing the last remaining pointer or reference to.
ORPHAN ASYLUM, noun. Orphanage
ORPHAN DISEASE, noun. Any disease for which drugs are not usually developed because it is too rare to make the development profitable.
ORPHAN DISEASES, noun. Plural of orphan disease
ORPHAN DRUG, noun. A medicinal drug which is effective in the treatment of some disease(s), but which is not manufactured or marketed because the demand is insufficient to cover the costs of supply.
ORPHAN DRUG, noun. (US) (legal) A drug as defined under the Orphan Drug Act (1983).
ORPHAN DRUGS, noun. Plural of orphan drug
ORPHAN MEDICINE, noun. Orphan drug
ORPHAN RECEPTOR, noun. (physiology) A receptor that has a similar structure to other identified receptors but whose endogenous ligand has not yet been identified

Dictionary definition

ORPHAN, noun. A child who has lost both parents.
ORPHAN, noun. Someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision.
ORPHAN, noun. The first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column.
ORPHAN, noun. A young animal without a mother.
ORPHAN, verb. Deprive of parents.

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