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orphan

n. a child, particularly a minor, whose two natural parents are dead. In some cases, such as whether a child is eligible for public financial assistance to an orphan, "orphan" can mean a child who has lost one parent.

orphan

noun abandoned child, abandoned infant, bereaved child, castaway, child without parents, foundling, homeless child, orbus, orphaned child, orphaned infant, parentless child, twice-bereaved child, waif, ward

ORPHAN. A minor or infant who has lost both of his or her parents. Sometimes the term is applied to such a person who has lost only one of his or her parents. 3 Mer. 48; 2 Sim. & Stu. 93; Lo & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 2, c. 1. See Hazzard's Register of Pennsylvania, vol. 14, pages 188, 1 89, for a correspondence between the Hon. Joseph Hopkinson and ex-president J. Q. Adams as to the meaning of the word Orphan, and Rob. 247.

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The Orphan Drug Act also provides a seven-year exclusivity period that blocks competition and gives other financial incentives to companies that develop drugs for diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people.
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