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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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  • Collectively they constitute, for consultation, the general manager's staff.

  • I tried to get up, but I couldn't, and then they got together, for a consultation.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • No sooner, therefore, was the breakfast over, than captain summoned Joyce to a consultation on the contemplated movement.

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
  • And you, gentlemen, do me the favour to step this way for a consultation.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • After a consultation with Patsy, the doctor undertook to speak seriously to the unreasonably afflicted men.

    The Search Party G. A. Birmingham
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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