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Before and after the Eagles’ organized team activities last spring, Nelson Agholor retreated to his hometown for a series of training sessions with an old friend and mentor that would anneal his mind as much as his body.
To make the object, the copper was alternately hammered and annealed—a process of heating metal and allowing it to cool slowly.
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anneal Has a Firey History
If you were looking for a saying to apply to the word anneal, it might be "everything old is new again." The word was originally associated with one of the oldest technologies of humankind: fire. It derives from the Old English word onælan, which was formed from the Old English root āl, meaning "fire." In its earliest known uses, which date from around the year 1000, anneal meant simply "to set on fire." That sense has become obsolete, however, and nowadays anneal is associated with a much more recent technological development. It has come to be used in the context of DNA research, in reference to the heating and cooling of double-stranded nucleic acid.
Origin and Etymology of anneal
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medical Definition of anneal
- some bacterial nucleic acid anneals well with eukaryotic DNA
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