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  • Réti, Richard (Hungarian chess player)

    Richard Réti, Hungarian chess master, writer, and theoretician who was one of the chief exponents of the Hypermodern school of chess. Réti was an exception among grandmasters, being keenly interested in composing chess problems and studies. His start in chess, however, was so inauspicious that he

  • Reti, Rudolph (Austrian music scholar)

    musical criticism: Unity: When Rudolph Reti, the Viennese critic, was a young man studying music at the Vienna Conservatory, he once stood up in the middle of a composition class and put the following question to his professor: “Why can’t we take the themes of one work and substitute…

  • retiarius (gladiator class)

    gladiator: In like manner the retiarius (“net man”) was matched with the secutor (“pursuer”); the former wore nothing but a short tunic or apron and sought to entangle his pursuer, who was fully armed, with the cast net he carried in his right hand; if successful, he dispatched him with…

  • reticella (fabric)

    Reticella, (Italian: “little net”), Renaissance fabric, akin to lace, with an open, gridlike pattern. The grid base for the pattern is formed either by threads remaining after warps and wefts have been drawn out of a fabric at regular intervals or by threads thrown across a space cut out of a

  • Retiche, Alpi (mountains, Europe)

    Rhaetian Alps, segment of the Central Alps extending along the Italian-Swiss and Austrian-Swiss borders but lying mainly in Graubünden canton, eastern Switzerland. The mountains are bounded by the Lepontine Alps and Splügen Pass (west-southwest), the Hinterrhein River (west), the Lechtaler Alps (

  • reticular activating system (physiology)

    hallucination: The nature of hallucinations: …to be mediated by the ascending midbrain reticular activating system (a network of nerve cells in the brainstem). Analyses of hallucinations reported by sufferers of neurological disorders and by neurosurgical patients in whom the brain is stimulated electrically have shown the importance of the temporal lobes (at the sides of…

  • reticular cell (biology)

    lymphoid tissue: Reticular cells provide structural support, since they produce and maintain the thin networks of fibres that are a framework for most lymphoid organs. Macrophages help eliminate invaders by engulfing foreign materials and initiating the immune response. These cells may be fixed in one place, such…

  • reticular fibre (anatomy)

    Reticular fibre, in anatomy, fine fibrous connective tissue occurring in networks to make up the supporting tissue of many organs. The reticular fibres are composed of randomly oriented collagenous fibrils lying in an amorphous matrix substance. The fibrils are not oriented in orderly bundles, as

  • reticular formation (anatomy)

    activation: …brain, but primarily from the reticular formation, the nerve network in the midbrain that monitors ingoing and outgoing sensory and motor impulses. Activation, however, is not the same as direct cortical stimulation by specific sense receptors, such as being awakened by noise. It involves, rather, a complex of impulses that…

  • reticular lamina (anatomy)

    human ear: Organ of Corti: …the inner sulcus and the reticular lamina. Its fibrils extend radially and somewhat obliquely to end at its lateral border, just above the junction of the reticular lamina and the cells of Hensen. In the upper turns of the cochlea, the margin of the membrane ends in fingerlike projections that…

  • reticular layer (anatomy)

    dermis: …glands lie in the deeper stratum reticulare, as do the bases of hair follicles, the nail beds, and blood and lymph vessels.

  • reticular nucleus (anatomy)
  • reticulated beetle (insect family)

    coleopteran: Annotated classification: Family Cupesidae (Cupedidae; reticulated beetles) Small and little-known; found under bark; about 30 species widely distributed. Family Jurodidae 1 species, Sikhotealinia zhiltzovae. Family Micromalthidae Rare; 1 to 2

  • reticulated giraffe (mammal)

    giraffe: tippelskirchi), and the reticulated giraffe (G. reticulata).

  • reticulated python (snake)

    python: Most are large, with the reticulated python (Python reticulatus) of Asia attaining a maximum recorded length of 9.6 metres (31.5 feet).

  • reticulated siren (amphibian)

    siren: The reticulated siren (S. reticulata) is roughly 61 cm (24 inches) long and is found in shallow marshlands from Alabama through Florida’s panhandle. The dwarf siren (Pseudobranchus striatus) lives in waterways from southern South Carolina to northern Florida, and the narrow-striped dwarf siren (P. axanthus) inhabits…

  • reticulated work (masonry)

    Reticulated work, type of facing used on ancient Roman concrete or mortared rubblework walls. It appeared during the late Roman Republic and became widespread by the reign of Augustus. It succeeded the earliest type of facing, an irregular patchwork called opus incertum. Reticulated work looks like

  • reticulin (protein)

    scleroprotein: …(flagella) of certain bacteria; and reticulin, found with elastin and collagen in mammalian skin. See also collagen; keratin.

  • reticulocyte (biology)

    Reticulocyte, non-nucleated stage in the development of the red blood cell, just before full maturity is reached. The cell is named for strands or a network of internal material that stains with a base. It develops from normoblasts in the red marrow and may be freed to the circulation before

  • reticuloendothelial system (physiology)

    Mononuclear phagocyte system, class of cells that occur in widely separated parts of the human body and that have in common the property of phagocytosis, whereby the cells engulf and destroy bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances and ingest worn-out or abnormal body cells. German

  • reticulopodia (biology)

    protist: Pseudopodia: Reticulopodia are fine threads that may not only branch but also anastomose to form a dense network, which is particularly useful in entrapping prey. Microtubules are involved in the mechanism of movement, and the continued migration of an entire reticulum carries the cell in the…

  • reticulopodium (biology)

    protist: Pseudopodia: Reticulopodia are fine threads that may not only branch but also anastomose to form a dense network, which is particularly useful in entrapping prey. Microtubules are involved in the mechanism of movement, and the continued migration of an entire reticulum carries the cell in the…

  • reticulospinal tract (anatomy)

    pain: Physiology of pain: …sensation of pain, and the spinoreticular tract is thought to effect the arousal and emotional aspects of pain.

  • Reticulum (constellation)

    Reticulum, (Latin: “Net”) constellation in the southern sky at about 4 hours right ascension and 60° south in declination. Its brightest star is Alpha Reticuli, with a magnitude of 3.3. The French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille formed this constellation in 1754. It represents the reticle, a

  • reticulum (ruminant stomach)

    artiodactyl: Digestive system: …large rumen (or paunch), the reticulum, the omasum (psalterium or manyplies)—which are all believed to be derived from the esophagus—and the abomasum (or reed), which corresponds to the stomach of other mammals. The omasum is almost absent in chevrotains. Camels have a three-chambered stomach, lacking the separation of omasum and…

  • Retief, Piet (Boer leader)

    Piet Retief, one of the Boer leaders of the Great Trek, the invasion of African lands in the interior of Southern Africa by Boers seeking to free themselves from British rule in the Cape Colony. Although he was better educated than most Boers, his combining of farming with business—mainly as a

  • Retimo (Greece)

    Réthymno, town, dímos (municipality), and capital of the pereferiakí enótita (regional unit) of Réthymno, on the north coast of Crete, Greece. A town and port on Almyroú (Almiroú) Bay, it lies north of the ancient Mycenaean town of Rhithymna. Réthymno was a stronghold during the Venetian period in

  • retina (anatomy)

    Retina, layer of nervous tissue that covers the inside of the back two-thirds of the eyeball, in which stimulation by light occurs, initiating the sensation of vision. The retina is actually an extension of the brain, formed embryonically from neural tissue and connected to the brain proper by the

  • Retina reader (printing machine)

    printing: Programmed composition (prepared by computer): The Retina reader, for example, is a sort of artificial retina made up of a group of photosensitive units able to identify each letter typed by a special typewriter, using only three data: height, width, and gray value; that is, the surface area occupied by the…

  • retinaculum (wing anatomy)

    lepidopteran: Thorax: …wing engages a catch (retinaculum) on the forewing. In some moths and in the skippers and butterflies, the frenulum mechanism has been lost, and the wings are coordinated by the friction of the overlapping areas. In the most primitive moths the forewings and hind wings are similar in size,…

  • retinal (biochemistry)

    vitamin: Vitamin A group: …form of the vitamin, although retinal, or vitamin A aldehyde, is the form involved in the visual process in the retina of the eye. A metabolite of retinol with high biological activity may be an even more direct active form than retinol. The ester form of retinol is the storage…

  • retinal detachment (eye disorder)

    Detached retina, eye disorder involving separation of the transparent light-sensing portion of the retina from the underlying layer of supporting cells known as the retinal pigment epithelium. Most commonly, retinal detachments are caused by the passage of fluid through a break, or tear, in the

  • retinal diseases

    eye disease: Strabismus (squint): …on corresponding areas of each retina, and two images are perceived. This condition of double vision, or diplopia, is detrimental to the child, whose adaptive brain reacts by suppressing the image from the deviating eye. If the brain’s suppression of one eye’s vision is allowed to continue, the central vision…

  • retinal ganglion cell (neuron cell)

    human eye: The retina: …innermost layer of neurons, the ganglion cells; and the transmitted messages are carried out of the eye along their projections, or axons, which constitute the optic nerve fibres. Thus, the optic nerve is really a central tract, rather than a nerve, connecting two regions of the nervous system, namely, the…

  • retinal implant (medicine)

    retinitis pigmentosa: …promising of these therapies are retinal implants, which have demonstrated some ability to restore perception of light and dark in several blind patients. A retinal implant consists of an electrode implanted at the back of the eye that receives signals from a transmitter and camera embedded in a pair of…

  • retinal pigment epithelium (anatomy)

    detached retina: …supporting cells known as the retinal pigment epithelium. Most commonly, retinal detachments are caused by the passage of fluid through a break, or tear, in the retina, a situation called rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. The fluid is derived from the aging vitreous gel that fills the central eyeball space. The retinal…

  • retinal rivalry (psychology)

    human eye: Retinal rivalry: Stereoscopic perception results from the presentation to the two eyes of different images of the same object; if two pictures that cannot possibly be related as two aspects of the same three-dimensional object are presented to the two eyes, single vision may, under…

  • retinene (biochemistry)

    vitamin: Vitamin A group: …form of the vitamin, although retinal, or vitamin A aldehyde, is the form involved in the visual process in the retina of the eye. A metabolite of retinol with high biological activity may be an even more direct active form than retinol. The ester form of retinol is the storage…

  • retinitis pigmentosa (pathology)

    Retinitis pigmentosa, group of hereditary eye diseases in which progressive degeneration of the retina leads to severe impairment of vision. In the usual course of disease, the light-sensitive structures called rods—which are the visual receptors used in dim light—are destroyed early on, causing

  • retinoblastoma (pathology)

    tumour suppressor gene: …form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma is caused by mutations in a gene designated RB. Subsequent research revealed that mutations in this gene also play a role in cancers of the bone, lung, breast, cervix, prostate, and bladder. A number of other tumour suppressor genes (such as TP53, which encodes…

  • retinoic acid (biochemistry)

    vitamin: Vitamin A group: Retinoic acid is a short-lived product of retinol; only retinoic acid of the vitamin A group is not supplied by the diet.

  • retinoid (biochemical compound)

    psoriasis: Some, such as retinoids (derivatives of vitamin A) and synthetic forms of vitamin D, work by slowing skin cell reproduction, whereas others, such as corticosteroids, coal-tar ointment, and salicylic acid, work by reducing inflammation. Psoriasis can also be treated with phototherapy, in which the skin is exposed to

  • retinol (chemical compound)

    Vitamin A, a fat-soluble alcohol, most abundant in fatty fish and especially in fish-liver oils. Vitamin A is also found in milk fat, eggs, and liver; synthetic vitamin A is added to margarine. Vitamin A is not present in plants, but many vegetables and fruits contain one or more of a class of

  • retinopathy of prematurity (pathology)

    Retinopathy of prematurity, disease in which retinal blood vessels develop abnormally in the eyes of premature infants. In mild forms of retinopathy of prematurity, developing blood vessels within the retina, which originate at the optic disk, stop growing toward the periphery of the retina for a

  • retinospora (botany)

    Retinospora, a condition common in horticultural varieties of conifers, especially arborvitae, junipers, cypresses, and false cypresses, in which needlelike, spreading juvenile leaves persist on adult trees that normally have small, scalelike leaves, pressed against the stem. These intermediate

  • retinula (zoology)

    insect: Eyes: …the sense cell, called the retinula cell, and initiate the nerve impulse in the sensory axon. The light-receptive zone, or rhabdom, of the retinula cell commonly has a rodlike form; because it lies perpendicular to the surface, light passes lengthwise along it. In the simple eyes (ocelli) a lens-shaped area…

  • retired number (sports award)

    Jackie Robinson: …common for a team to retire the number of a player from that team, but for a number to be retired for all the professional teams within a sport was unprecedented. In 2004 Major League Baseball announced that it would annually honour Robinson each April 15, which would thenceforth be…

  • retirement

    industrial relations: Career structure: …choices as they approach the retirement stage of their careers. A recent trend can be illustrated with an example from the United States: although American firms are no longer allowed to impose a mandatory retirement age, few blue-collar workers choose to stay at the job beyond the customary retirement age…

  • retiring room (architecture)

    Solar, in architecture, private room located on the floor above the great hall in a late medieval English manor house. The solar served as a kind of parlour to which the family of the owner of the manor house or castle could retire from the bustling communal living of the hall below. In fact, by

  • Retiro Park (park, Madrid, Spain)

    Retiro Park, the main park of Madrid, Spain. Originally called the Parque del Buen Retiro, or “Pleasant Retreat Park,” it now covers approximately 350 acres (142 hectares). It was planned in the 1550s and redesigned on the instructions of Gaspar de Guzmán, conde-duque de Olivares (chief minister to

  • Retiro, El (park, Madrid, Spain)

    Retiro Park, the main park of Madrid, Spain. Originally called the Parque del Buen Retiro, or “Pleasant Retreat Park,” it now covers approximately 350 acres (142 hectares). It was planned in the 1550s and redesigned on the instructions of Gaspar de Guzmán, conde-duque de Olivares (chief minister to

  • retort (chemistry and industry)

    Retort, vessel used for distillation of substances that are placed inside and subjected to heat. The simple form of retort, used in some laboratories, is a glass or metal bulb having a long, curved spout through which the distillate may pass to enter a receiving vessel. The design dates back to

  • Retortomonadida (protist)

    protozoan: Annotated classification: Retortamonadida Contain 2 genera that are unique on the basis of a nuclear papillum or “lapel,” which is connected to the flagellar apparatus; do not possess typical mitochondria. Malawimonas Possess mitochondria, 2 kinetosomes, and a single ventral flagellar vane.

  • Retour à la raison La (film by Man Ray)

    Man Ray: …Retour à la raison (1923; Return to Reason), he applied the rayograph technique to motion-picture film, making patterns with salt, pepper, tacks, and pins. His other films include Anémic cinéma (1926; in collaboration with Duchamp) and L’étoile de mer (1928–29; “Star of the Sea”), which is considered a Surrealist classic.

  • Retour à la vie, Le (work by Berlioz)

    Hector Berlioz: Mature career: …Retour à la vie (later Lélio, after the hero’s name). First performed in 1832, this concoction, which contains three or four delightful pieces, enjoyed great success, and Berlioz had reason to think himself launched again.

  • Retour de l’U.R.S.S. (work by Gide)

    André Gide: Great creative period: (1936; Return from the U.S.S.R.) and Retouches à mon retour de l’U.R.S.S. (1937; Afterthoughts on the U.S.S.R.).

  • Retour de Martin Guerre, Le (film by Vigne [1982])

    Martin Guerre: …Retour de Martin Guerre (1982; The Return of Martin Guerre) featured Gérard Depardieu as the impostor; the historian Natalie Zemon Davis, who advised the filmmakers, told the story and explored why the impostor succeeded in The Return of Martin Guerre, first published in French in 1982 and in English in…

  • Retour, Le (film by Cartier-Bresson)

    Henri Cartier-Bresson: Office of War Information, Le Retour, which dealt with the return to France of released prisoners of war and deportees.

  • Retractationes (work by Augustine)

    St. Augustine: Reconsiderations: Retractationes (426–427; Reconsiderations), written in the last years of his life, offers a retrospective rereading of Augustine’s career. In form, the book is a catalog of his writings with comments on the circumstances of their composition and with the retractions or rectifications he would…

  • retractile claw (anatomy)

    cat: Claws: …is a remarkable mechanism for retracting the cat’s claws when they are not in use. The claw is retracted or extended by pivoting the end bone of the toe, which bears the claw, over the tip of the next bone. The action that unsheathes the claws also spreads the toes…

  • retractor muscle (mollusk anatomy)

    bivalve: Annotated classification: …protractor muscles as well as retractors; ctenidia filibranch, without mantle fusions; powerful foot; marine; infaunal; living species confined to Australia. 5 species. Order Mytiloida (common mussels) Shell equivalve, rounded, elongate or triangular depending on habits; anisomyarian tending toward monomyarian; hinge edentulous; shell microstructure of outer calcitic fibrous

  • retractor problem (heterodox problem)

    chess: Heterodox problems: ) In a retractor problem the player given the task begins by taking back a move and replacing it with another move, with the aim of achieving the stipulation, such as mating in three moves. In a maximummer Black must always make the geometrically longest move available.

  • retraining program

    Retraining program, occupational training program designed to aid workers in obtaining new employment. Formal retraining programs were first developed in Europe around the end of World War II as part of the effort to return military personnel to civilian life, to reduce unemployment, and to fill

  • Retrato en sepia (novel by Allende)

    Isabel Allende: …and Retrato en sepia (2000; Portrait in Sepia), about a woman tracing the roots of her past. El Zorro (2005; Zorro) is a retelling of the well-known legend, and Inés del alma mía (2006; Inés of My Soul) tells the fictionalized story of Inés Suárez, the mistress of conquistador Pedro…

  • retreat (monasticism)

    monasticism: Christianity: …existence of various part-time Protestant retreats, usually in rural settings, designed as centres for recuperation from overwork.

  • retreating longwall method (mining)

    coal mining: Longwall mining: …described above, known as the retreating method, is the most commonly used in the United States. In this method the block is developed to its boundary first, and then the block is mined back toward the main haulage tunnel. In the advancing longwall method, which is more common in Europe,…

  • retribution (penology)

    Retributive justice, response to criminal behaviour that focuses on the punishment of lawbreakers and the compensation of victims. In general, the severity of the punishment is proportionate to the seriousness of the crime. Retribution appears alongside restorative principles in law codes from the

  • retributive justice (penology)

    Retributive justice, response to criminal behaviour that focuses on the punishment of lawbreakers and the compensation of victims. In general, the severity of the punishment is proportionate to the seriousness of the crime. Retribution appears alongside restorative principles in law codes from the

  • retrieval (psychology)

    learning theory: Retrieval: The amount of information one readily can retrieve from what is stored in memory is prodigious. In locating an item in memory, he apparently activates a system that stores a set of related data; then he searches for the item within that system. For…

  • retrieval (computing)

    information processing: Information searching and retrieval: State-of-the-art approaches to retrieving information employ two generic techniques: (1) matching words in the query against the database index (key-word searching) and (2) traversing the database with the aid of hypertext or hypermedia links.

  • retriever (dog)

    Retriever, any of several sporting dogs bred and trained to retrieve game. Retrievers are characterized by water-resistant coats, a keen sense of smell, and “soft” mouths that do not damage game. See Chesapeake Bay retriever; curly-coated retriever; flat-coated retriever; golden retriever; Labrador

  • retroactive inhibition (psychology)

    learning theory: Forgetting: …is called proactive inhibition (and retroactive inhibition). These two forms of inhibition commonly are accepted as major processes in forgetting, proactive inhibition being assigned greater importance.

  • retroactive interference (psychology)

    learning theory: Forgetting: …is called proactive inhibition (and retroactive inhibition). These two forms of inhibition commonly are accepted as major processes in forgetting, proactive inhibition being assigned greater importance.

  • retroactivity (law)

    crime: Rule against retroactivity: One widely accepted principle of criminal law is the rule against retroactivity, which prohibits the imposition of ex post facto laws (i.e., laws that would allow an individual to be punished for conduct that was not criminal at the time it was carried out).…

  • retrobulbar neuritis (pathology)

    optic neuritis: …shaft behind the eyeball (retrobulbar neuritis).

  • retroduction (reason)

    philosophy of mind: Abduction: Another sort of nondeductive rationality that is indispensable to at least much of the higher intelligence displayed by human beings is reasoning to a conclusion that essentially contains terms not included in the premises. This typically occurs when someone gets a good idea about…

  • retroflex (phonetics)

    Retroflex, in phonetics, a consonant sound produced with the tip of the tongue curled back toward the hard palate. In Russian the sounds sh, zh (like the English s sound in “pleasure”), and shch are retroflex; there are also many retroflex consonants in the languages of

  • retroflex consonant (phonetics)

    Retroflex, in phonetics, a consonant sound produced with the tip of the tongue curled back toward the hard palate. In Russian the sounds sh, zh (like the English s sound in “pleasure”), and shch are retroflex; there are also many retroflex consonants in the languages of

  • retrofocus lens (optics)

    technology of photography: Wide-angle and retrofocus lenses: Short-focus, wide-angle lenses are usually mounted near the film. Single-lens reflex cameras need a certain minimum lens-to-film distance to accommodate the swinging mirror. Wide-angle (and sometimes normal-focus) lenses for such cameras therefore use retrofocus designs. In these the back focus is appreciably longer…

  • retrognathia (pathology)

    sleep apnea: …with a set-back chin (retrognathia), and it may be for this reason that patients of East Asian heritage are more likely to have sleep apnea without being overweight.

  • retrograde amnesia (psychology)

    memory abnormality: Korsakoff’s syndrome: …almost always show evidence of retrograde amnesia that can span as little as a few weeks past to as much as 15 or 20 years before onset of the disorder. These extensive retrograde amnesias are seldom total or uniform, and “islands” of memory often can be found by persistent interrogation.…

  • retrograde analysis (heterodox problem)

    chess: Heterodox problems: In retrograde analysis problems the objective is to determine how the given position was reached. (See the composition.)

  • retrograde metamorphism (geology)

    metamorphism: They are retrograde metamorphism, the response of mineral assemblages to decreasing temperature and pressure; metasomatism, the metamorphism that includes the addition or subtraction of components from the original assemblage; poly-metamorphism, the effect of more than one metamorphic event; and hydrothermal metamorphism, the changes that occur in the…

  • retrograde motion (astronomy)

    Retrograde motion, in astronomy, actual or apparent motion of a body in a direction opposite to that of the (direct) motions of most members of the solar system or of other astronomical systems with a preferred direction of motion. As viewed from a position in space north of the solar system (from

  • retronuevo (radio format)

    urban contemporary music: …two new, nearly synonymous formats, retronuevo and quiet storm (the latter named after a Smokey Robinson hit); both were characterized by a subtle, smooth musical approach that looked back to the rhythm-and-blues ballad tradition. Among the artists who found the greatest success in these formats were Anita Baker and Luther…

  • retrospective searching (reference service)

    library: Retrospective searching: The outcome of a search can take many forms, from a short, factual statement that gives the needed information to a short list of relevant references or a full-scale bibliography. In a computer search the first request often reveals that the database contains…

  • retrosynthetic analysis (chemistry)

    Elias James Corey: Retrosynthetic analysis: In October 1957, Corey began to shape his many ideas on chemical synthesis into a coherent strategy that became known as retrosynthetic analysis. At that time the traditional way of designing laboratory syntheses of complicated organic molecules, utilized brilliantly by several chemists around…

  • retrotransposon (genetics)

    transposon: Retrotransposons: Retrotransposons represent a highly unique group of transposable elements and form large portions of the genomes of many eukaryotes (organisms with cells containing a clearly defined nucleus). Retrotransposons function by a “copy and paste” mechanism. Thus, they leave behind the original copy and generate…

  • Retrovir (drug)

    AZT, drug used to delay development of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) in patients infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). AZT belongs to a group of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). In 1987 AZT became the first of these drugs to be approved by

  • Retroviridae (virus group)

    Retrovirus, any of a group of viruses that belong to the family Retroviridae and that characteristically carry their genetic blueprint in the form of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Retroviruses are named for an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase, which was discovered independently in 1971 by American

  • retrovirus (virus group)

    Retrovirus, any of a group of viruses that belong to the family Retroviridae and that characteristically carry their genetic blueprint in the form of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Retroviruses are named for an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase, which was discovered independently in 1971 by American

  • Retsforbundet (political party, Denmark)

    Denmark: Postwar politics: …for a short period, the Justice Party (Retsforbundet; a party based on the ideas of the economist Henry George), and always with a Social Democrat as prime minister. The major results were new tax laws, particularly the institution of a general value-added consumer tax as well as a new type…

  • Retsova, Anfisa (Russian athlete)

    Olympic Games: Albertville, France, 1992: 5-km event was won by Anfisa Retsova (UT), who, having won gold in the cross-country relay in 1988, became the first woman to win a gold medal in two different winter sports.

  • Rett syndrome (pathology)

    Rett syndrome, rare progressive neurological disorder characterized by severe intellectual disability, autism-like behaviour patterns, and impaired motor function. The disorder was first described in the 1960s by the Austrian physician Andreas Rett. Today Rett syndrome is classified as a pervasive

  • Rett, Andreas (Austrian physician)

    Rett syndrome: …1960s by the Austrian physician Andreas Rett. Today Rett syndrome is classified as a pervasive developmental disorder, a group of conditions that includes the autism spectrum disorders and childhood disintegrative disorder.

  • Retter, Der (work by Hasenclever)

    Walter Hasenclever: …followed by two antiwar plays, Der Retter (1915; “The Saviour”), about a poet who tries to stop the war and is executed by a firing squad, and Antigone (1917), a pacifist-slanted interpretation of Sophocles’ play. In his best-known work, Die Menschen (1918; “Humanity”), Expressionist techniques are carried to an extreme…

  • Rettifilo (street, Naples, Italy)

    Naples: The Duomo: …Umberto I (also called the Rettifilo) through that historic quarter. The stolid Rettifilo conceals, in small recesses, many historic buildings—beginning with the church of San Pietro Martire and concluding, at Piazza Garibaldi, with that of San Pietro ad Aram and its paleo-Christian crypt. Near Piazza Garibaldi, the Aragonese Nolana Gate…

  • Rettig Guissen, Raúl (Chilean statesman and lawyer)

    Raúl Rettig Guissen, Chilean lawyer and statesman (born May 26, 1909, Temuco, Chile—died April 30, 2000, Santiago, Chile), headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission responsible for investigating human rights abuses in Chile during the 1974–90 regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. Rettig h

  • retting (fibre-separation process)

    Retting, process employing the action of bacteria and moisture on plants to dissolve or rot away much of the cellular tissues and gummy substances surrounding bast-fibre bundles, thus facilitating separation of the fibre from the stem. Basic methods include dew retting and water retting. Dew

  • Rettl, Martin (Austrian athlete)

    Jim Shea, Jr.: Despite trailing defending world champion Martin Rettl of Austria during most of his final heat, Shea edged out Rettl by a razor-thin 0.05-sec margin. Shea had hoped that his 91-year-old grandfather would attend the Games, but only days before the opening ceremonies Jack Shea died of injuries sustained in an…

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