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catchment area

an area served by a hospital, social service agency, etc. Unabridged
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catchment area

Also called catchment basin, drainage area, drainage basin. the area of land bounded by watersheds draining into a river, basin, or reservoir
the area from which people are allocated to a particular school, hospital, etc
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catchment area
  (kāch'mənt, kěch'-)   
  1. The area drained by a river or body of water.

  2. The area that absorbs water that contributes to a specific region's groundwater supply.

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