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[kon-suh l-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn səlˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of consulting; conference.
a meeting for deliberation, discussion, or decision.
a meeting of physicians to evaluate a patient's case and treatment.
English Law. a writ returning a case to an ecclesiastical court from a temporal one.
Australian, lottery.
Origin of consultation
1540-50; < Latin consultātiōn- (stem of consultātiō), equivalent to consultāt(us) (past participle of consultāre; see consult, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preconsultation, noun
proconsultation, adjective
reconsultation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for consultation
  • The second involves translating faculty authority in relation to administration into more than mere consultation and input.
  • There is still some vagueness about precisely what information and consultation entail.
  • Last week, the administration reversed the consultation rule.
  • She also still offers garden design and consultation services.
  • Further consultation of the fossil record will be needed to test this idea.
  • Evaluated and provided consultation services for mentoring component of a state funded grant.
  • But they must often wait hours for a three-minute consultation.
  • We devised this schedule after extensive consultation with teachers.
  • The towering image is an auspicious sign for the half a dozen couples who eagerly wait their turn for a consultation.
  • They are also concerned about the lack of public consultation about the database.
British Dictionary definitions for consultation


the act or procedure of consulting
a conference for discussion or the seeking of advice, esp from doctors or lawyers
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Word Origin and History for consultation

early 15c., from Middle French consultation, from Latin consultationem (nominative consultatio), from past participle stem of consultare "consult, ask counsel of; reflect, consider maturely," frequentative of consulere "to deliberate, consider," originally probably "to call together," as in consulere senatum "to gather the senate" (to ask for advice), from com- "with" (see com-) + *selere "take, gather (the Senate) together," from PIE root *sal- "to take, seize."

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consultation in Medicine

consultation con·sul·ta·tion (kŏn'səl-tā'shən)
A meeting of two or more health professionals to discuss the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of a particular case.

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