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[ih-lab-uh-rey-shuh n] /ɪˌlæb əˈreɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of elaborating.
the state of being elaborated; elaborateness.
something that is elaborated.
Psychiatry. an unconscious process of expanding and embellishing a detail, especially while recalling and describing a representation in a dream so that latent content of the dream is brought into a logical and comprehensible order.
Origin of elaboration
1570-80; < Latin ēlabōrātiōn- (stem of ēlabōrātiō), equivalent to ēlabōrāt- (see elaborate) + -iōn- -ion
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self-elaboration, noun Unabridged
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  • It made the elaboration of a technique of instruction relatively easy.

  • The craving for excitement and for elaboration has ruined that blessing.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • His course in hunting down and killing this enemy of society needed no elaboration nor justification.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • He defined the nature and crime of treason with elaboration and circumlocution.

  • It was a tour de force, this elaboration of a charter for the new international order, in less than three weeks.

  • It was an elaboration of the theories contained in his earlier book.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • When procedure was less hurried and there had been time for its elaboration, the process became impressive.

  • The system represents a series of compromises, not the elaboration of a theory.

Word Origin and History for elaboration

1570s, in a physiological sense relating to tissue development, from Late Latin elaborationem (nominative elaboratio), noun of action from past participle stem of elaborare "work out, produce by labor," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + laborare "to labor" (see labor (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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elaboration in Medicine

elaboration e·lab·o·ra·tion (ĭ-lāb'ə-rā'shən)

  1. The process of working out in detail by labor and study.

  2. The mental process occurring partly during dreaming and partly during the recalling or telling of a dream, by means of which the latent content of the dream is brought into increasingly more coherent and logical order, resulting in the manifest content of the dream.

e·lab'o·rate' v.
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