LaTeX description list - How to create a list of descriptions in LaTeX

Here is the code I use to create a list of descriptions in LaTeX. In this example, I'm creating three descriptions that deal with the subject of Six Sigma. (My apologies to Greg Brue for the blatent copy/paste action here. I was just trying to find a simple example, and his book was the first I found.)

\begin{description}
  \item[DPMO] \mbox{}\\ Defects per million opportunities.
  \item[Process] \mbox{}\\ Any repetitive action.
  \item[Defect] \mbox{}\\ A measurable characteristic of the process or its output that is not within the acceptable customer limits.
\end{description}

The use of the mbox tag lets me easily put the description content on the line following the word/phrase/acronym that I'm defining.

Note: I was just looking through some old examples, and I see that I can also use the keyword deflist instead of description. The rest of the syntax between the two examples is the same.

 

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