Confinement may refer to either
  • Civil confinement
    Civil confinement
    Civil confinement is a controversial procedure permitted by a law passed in New York, advocated by the former governor, Eliot Spitzer, allowing the civil commitment of sex offenders because they are deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or to society. One political commentator on the topic...

     for psychiatric patients
  • Color confinement, the physical principle explaining the non-observation of color charged particles like free quarks
  • Solitary confinement
    Solitary confinement
    Solitary confinement is a special form of imprisonment in which a prisoner is isolated from any human contact, though often with the exception of members of prison staff. It is sometimes employed as a form of punishment beyond incarceration for a prisoner, and has been cited as an additional...

    , a strict form of imprisonment
  • The confinement of an animal specimen in a zoo
    A zoological garden, zoological park, menagerie, or zoo is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures, displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred....

  • The traditional postnatal
    Postnatal is the period beginning immediately after the birth of a child and extending for about six weeks. Another term would be postpartum period, as it refers to the mother...

     confinement of a woman after childbirth that is practiced by some East Asian cultures.
  • Magnetic confinement fusion
    Magnetic confinement fusion
    Magnetic confinement fusion is an approach to generating fusion power that uses magnetic fields to confine the hot fusion fuel in the form of a plasma. Magnetic confinement is one of two major branches of fusion energy research, the other being inertial confinement fusion. The magnetic approach is...

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