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Loss

The opposite of gain.
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Loss

Extracting less money from a transaction than one put into it. For example, a business' expenses may be $1 million for a year but it may only take in $800,000 in revenue. In such a case, the business has suffered a $200,000 loss. This is not always bad; most businesses lose money in the first few years of operation and this can reduce their tax liability when they do make a profit. However, losses over an extended period of time ultimately result in failure. See also: Gain, Paper Loss, Loss Carryforward, Loss Carryback.
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loss

The deficiency of the amount received as opposed to the amount invested in a transaction. Compare gain. See also net loss.
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loss

the shortfall between a firm's sales revenues received from the sale of its products and the total costs incurred in producing the firm's output (see BREAK-EVEN ANALYSIS). Losses may be of a temporary nature occasioned by, for example, a downturn in demand (see BUSINESS CYCLE) or due to an exceptional level of expenditures (such as the launch of a series of new products). Short-term losses are usually financed by a firm running down its RESERVES or by an increase in borrowings. Losses which are sustained over time typically arise from a firm's poor competitive position in a market (see COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE), and unless competitiveness can be restored market exit or DIVESTMENT may be the only practical way of remedying the situation. See MARKET SYSTEM.
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loss

the difference that arises when a firm's TOTAL REVENUES are less than TOTAL COSTS. In the SHORT RUN, where firms’ total revenues are insufficient to cover VARIABLE COSTS, then they will exit from the market unless they perceive this situation as being temporary. In these circumstances, where firms’ total revenues are sufficient to cover variable costs and make some CONTRIBUTION towards FIXED COSTS, then they will continue to produce despite overall losses. In the LONG RUN, however, unless firms’ revenues are sufficient to cover both variable and fixed costs, then their overall losses will cause them to exit from the market. See MARKET EXIT, LOSS MINIMIZATION, PROFIT-AND-LOSS ACCOUNT.
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When the researchers considered other factors that can lead to pregnancy loss, such as higher body mass index, increasing maternal age and smoking, the results were same, the researchers noted in the journal.
In present study pregnancy loss at location A was found to be low, between first and second pregnancy check, in resynch group (5.0%; 2/43) compared to control group (13.0%; 4/30).
Previous studies have sought the genes responsible for recurrent pregnancy loss pathogenesis (11, 24-26).
Pregnancy loss in the antiphospholipid-antibody syndrome-a possible thrombogenic mechanism.
The researchers also found a 17 per cent increase in pregnancy loss for every 10 mm Hg increase in mean arterial pressure, a measure of the average pressure in the arteries during full heart beat cycles.
49%), and they concluded that this was largely explained by a lower rate of pregnancy loss (N Engl J Med.
It has also been reported that chronic endometritis is associated with early pregnancy loss and/or fetal demise, and treatment with antibiotics increases the live birth rate.[sup][14] Intrauterine bacterial infection has also been shown to be associated with early embryonic developmental arrest.[sup][15] Our survey showed that the incidence of late spontaneous miscarriages was higher in cases of a RSM, and that late spontaneous miscarriage was associated not only with cervical factors, but also with uterine cavity procedures.
Among the 219 pregnancies, outcomes were recorded for 185 (84%), including 182 live-born infants and three pregnancy losses that occurred at any time during gestation.
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is one of the commonly encountered complications in reproductive medicine, as the aetiology is often unknown and there are few evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies available.
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), recurrent miscarriage, or habitual abortion is defined as "the occurrence of three or more miscarriage of a fetus before 20 weeks of gestations (i.e.
Like many Catholic women confronting miscarriage and other forms of pregnancy loss for the first time, she was uncertain of what parish and faith resources were available to her and her family.