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trace around (something)

To drawn an outline around something that is resting on or pressed against a flat surface. If you put your hand on the paper and trace around it with a pencil, it kind of looks like a turkey! Murder detectives used to trace around victims' bodies with chalk, though the practice is almost entirely relegated to pop culture these days.
See also: around, trace

trace back

1. To derive or originate from someone, something, or some place. The powerful corporation traces back nearly 200 years to a small manufacturing company in New York City. Investigators discovered that the drug money traced back to a US senator.
2. To discover the point of origin of someone or something by following a trail of information or series of events backward. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trace" and "back." We were able to trace the assassination attempt back to a cartel in Mexico. Make sure you only pay in cash, as the police can trace back exactly where and when you use your card.
See also: back, trace

trace out

1. To trace, sketch, or delineate the outline of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trace" and "out." He traced out the directions to the cabin on the back of a napkin for me. I'm having a hard time visualizing what you mean. Why don't you trace it out on the whiteboard for us?
2. To develop, determine, or delineate something, such as a pattern or course of events, gradually over a period of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trace" and "out." The investigation traced out a pattern of corruption and abuse of power going all the way to the top of the administration. The film portrays the legendary actor's rise to fame, tracing it out from his humble beginnings to
See also: out, trace

trace over (something)

To copy an image by drawing on a transparent or translucent piece of paper placed on top of it. When I was a kid, I loved tracing over pictures of my favorite cartoon characters. I thought he had drawn an incredible portrait of me, but he had just traced over a photograph he'd printed out.
See also: over, trace
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trace back

1. To ascertain the successive stages in the development or progress of something by reasoning backward from an effect to a cause: We traced our family history back 200 years. Skepticism as a philosophical movement can be traced back to Sextus Empiricus.
2. To derive from something or someone: The counterfeit drugs traced back to an American expatriate. Many English words trace back to Greek or Latin.
See also: back, trace

trace out

1. To sketch or delineate something: I laid out the map and traced out the path to the park.
2. To delineate some pattern or development over time: The results traced out an interesting pattern of sudden fluctuations every three months. The biographer traced out the politician's rise to power.
3. To ascertain something by reconstructing a series of events: The police traced out the Internet cafe as the place where the virus was launched. The motive for the crime was so unusual that no one could trace it out.
See also: out, trace
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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One etiology associated with falsely reassuring assessments is that of EFM monitoring of the maternal heart rate and the failure to recognize the tracing as maternal.
In a prospective cohort of more than 3,000 women with category II tracings, the presence of meconium--especially thick meconium --was associated with a higher risk of acidemia and neonatal morbidity than was the absence of meconium.
In this study out of 100 women, 71% of patients had reactive admission test tracings, 22% belonged to suspicious tracings, and 7% belonged to ominous group.
However, it's easy for even a dermatologist to see that this tracing was different from the first.
If you place white paper on top of your tracing while it is still taped to the window, you can trace the tracing in pencil or another medium to make a more permanent drawing.
Intrapartum management of category II fetal heart rate tracings: towards standardization of care.
Louis, and was involved in both major efforts in fetal heart rate monitoring--the development of the classification system for tracing interpretation and the development of ACOG's practice bulletin on managing fetal heart rate tracings.
* PHYSICIAN'S DEFENSE There was no negligence; proper review of monitor tracings was undertaken.
Under this system, Category I FHR tracings are normal and not associated with fetal acidemia.
Some otolaryngologists would consider these electronystagmography (ENG) tracings to be normal because the nystagmus does not reach 6[degrees]/sec.
For more than 12 hours, external fetal monitor heart-rate tracings were reassuring.
A three-tier classification system of fetal heart rate tracings and updated definitions of key terms have been proposed in a practice bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
In 2008, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development proposed a three-tier classification system for electronic FHR tracings (TABLE 1, page 32).
"The abnormalities in the fetal heart tracings occurred as little as 3 hours after Cytotec administration, raising important concerns about potential outpatient use of this agent," Dr.