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[dahy-ley-shuh n, di-] /daɪˈleɪ ʃən, dɪ-/
the act of dilating; state of being dilated.
Origin of dilation
1590-1600; dilate + -ion
Related forms
nondilation, noun
overdilation, noun
self-dilation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dilation
  • Gravitational red shift wavelength dilation proves gravity is produced by the absorption of time by matter.
  • Actually time dilation is measurable even at slower speed.
  • Both laws prohibited the procedure known medically as intact dilation and extraction.
  • If urethral dilation is not successful or possible, you may need surgery to correct the condition.
  • Faster and faster also means entering time dilation relativistic lag with the computer.
  • What's a little time dilation between friends along with prolonged being in this world.
  • Chemicals in the venom result in the dilation of blood vessels, causing fluids to seep into the surrounding tissue.
  • It has been suggested that the time dilation in the early universe may allow light to exceed the established speed limit.
  • One is a constriction of the blood vessels in the brain the other a dilation.
  • Neither eye dilation nor verbal response is required.
Word Origin and History for dilation

1590s, formed from dilate on the mistaken assumption that the -ate in that word was the Latin verbal suffix (it is instead part of the stem); the proper form, dilatation, is older (c.1400).

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dilation in Medicine

dilation di·la·tion (dī-lā'shən, dĭ-)

  1. The act of expanding or the condition of being expanded.

  2. Dilatation.

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dilation in Science
  (dī-lā'shən, dĭ-)   
The widening or stretching of an opening or a hollow structure in the body.
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