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pres·en·ta·tion / ˌprēˌzenˈtāshən; ˌprezən-; ˌprēzən-/ • n. 1. the proffering or giving of something to someone, esp. as part of a formal ceremony: the presentation of certificates to new members| the trophy presentations. ∎  the manner or style in which something is given, offered, or displayed: the presentation of foods is designed to stimulate your appetite. ∎  a formal introduction of someone, esp. at court. ∎  the official submission of something for consideration in a law court: the presentation of the bankruptcy petition. ∎  chiefly hist. the action or right of formally proposing a candidate for a church benefice or other position: the Earl of Pembroke offered Herbert the presentation of the living of Bremerton. ∎  a demonstration or display of a product or idea: a sales presentation. ∎  an exhibition or theatrical performance. 2. Med. the position of a fetus in relation to the cervix at the time of delivery: breech presentation. ∎  the coming forward of a patient for initial examination and diagnosis: all patients in this group were symptomatic at initial presentation. 3. (Presentation of Christ) another term for Candlemas. DERIVATIVES: pres·en·ta·tion·al / -shənl/ adj. pres·en·ta·tion·al·ly / -shənl-ē/ adv.

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presentation (prez-ĕn-tay-shŏn) n. the part of the fetus that is closest to the birth canal and can be felt on inserting the finger into the vagina. Normally the crown of the head presents. However, the buttocks may present (see breech presentation), or, if the fetus lies transversely across the uterus, the shoulder or arm may present (see malpresentation).

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