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surveillance

[ser-vey-luh ns, -veyl-yuh ns] /sərˈveɪ ləns, -ˈveɪl yəns/
noun
1.
a watch kept over a person, group, etc., especially over a suspect, prisoner, or the like:
The suspects were under police surveillance.
2.
continuous observation of a place, person, group, or ongoing activity in order to gather information:
video cameras used for covert surveillance.
3.
attentive observation, as to oversee and direct someone or something:
increased surveillance of patients with chronic liver disease.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French, equivalent to surveill(er) to watch over (sur- sur-1 + veiller < Latin vigilāre to watch; see vigil) + -ance -ance
Related forms
countersurveillance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for counter surveillance

surveillance

/sɜːˈveɪləns/
noun
1.
close observation or supervision maintained over a person, group, etc, esp one in custody or under suspicion
Derived Forms
surveillant, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French, from surveiller to watch over, from sur-1 + veiller to keep watch (from Latin vigilāre; see vigil)
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Word Origin and History for counter surveillance

surveillance

n.

1802, from French surveillance "oversight, supervision, a watch," noun of action from surveiller "oversee, watch," from sur- "over" + veiller "to watch," from Latin vigilare, from vigil "watchful" (see vigil). Seemingly a word of the Terror in France.

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counter surveillance in Medicine

surveillance sur·veil·lance (sər-vā'ləns)
n.

  1. Close observation of a person or group, especially one under suspicion.

  2. The act of observing or the condition of being observed.

  3. The collection, collation, analysis, and dissemination of data.

  4. A type of observational study that involves continuous monitoring of disease occurrence within a population.

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