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[kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n] /kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated.
the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.
a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc.
passage, or an opportunity or means of passage, between places.
  1. means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.
  2. routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.
  1. activity by one organism that changes or has the potential to change the behavior of other organisms.
  2. transfer of information from one cell or molecule to another, as by chemical or electrical signals.
Origin of communication
1375-1425; Middle English communicacioun < Middle French < Latin commūnicātiōn- (stem of commūnicātiō), equivalent to commūnicāt(us) (see communicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
communicational, adjective
noncommunication, noun
overcommunication, noun
precommunication, noun
self-communication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for communication
  • Authoring, communication, and publication are being transformed by information technology.
  • Business, banking, and commerce all depend on information flow and are facilitated by new communication technologies.
  • With all the communication that's happening and all the opening of boundaries, the connections are there.
  • The artists have adapted to a lucrative form of communication and raised their level in society to innovators and leaders.
  • The substance that made them so valuable to whalers is now understood to play an important role in communication.
  • About the sixth week the two parts of the pancreas meet and fuse and a communication is established between their ducts.
  • The nerves which form it are nearly equal in size, but their mode of communication is subject to some variation.
  • The right atrioventricular orifice is the large oval aperture of communication between the right atrium and ventricle.
  • There they exercise themselves in music, or else in honest and wholesome communication.
  • Few journalists use secure-communication tools, even ones that are widely available and easy to use.
British Dictionary definitions for communication


the act or an instance of communicating; the imparting or exchange of information, ideas, or feelings
something communicated, such as a message, letter, or telephone call
  1. (usually pl; sometimes functioning as singular) the study of ways in which human beings communicate, including speech, gesture, telecommunication systems, publishing and broadcasting media, etc
  2. (as modifier): communication theory
a connecting route, passage, or link
(pl) (military) the system of routes and facilities by which forces, supplies, etc, are moved up to or within an area of operations
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Word Origin and History for communication

late 14c., from Old French comunicacion (14c., Modern French communication), from Latin communicationem (nominative communicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of communicare "to share, divide out; communicate, impart, inform; join, unite, participate in," literally "to make common," from communis (see common (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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communication in Medicine

communication com·mu·ni·ca·tion (kə-myōō'nĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.

  2. An opening or a connecting passage between two structures.

  3. A joining or connecting of solid fibrous structures, such as tendons and nerves.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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