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How do you define structure in this context? I'm unsure which definition is appropriate from the dictionary.

P1: Healthy, fit people that can't die are like poison to big pharma. The new technology won't replace the lost profit from slinging drugs by a longshot.

P2: How can you possibly say this without having the slightest clue of the potential demand and cost structure of this treatment?

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The thing you might want to search for is "cost structure" –  simchona Sep 2 '12 at 22:40
    
silly me, I read it as demand and cost structure. –  Theo Sep 2 '12 at 22:52
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@tchrist: That's a better reason for an edit than for a downvote. –  ruakh Sep 2 '12 at 23:08
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@ruakh You’re right. The thinking was that if I had just edited it, he wouldn’t have noticed. –  tchrist Sep 2 '12 at 23:09

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I guess, here the whole expression "cost structure" should be defined, not only the word "structure" itself. And "cost structure" is something like the expenses that a firm is supposed to take into account while manufacturing a product.

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