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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
Related forms
self-elaboration, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elaboration
  • He's yet to return a phone call seeking elaboration.
  • Clearly, this is a complex and interesting subject that bears further elaboration and development.
  • The reason developing countries don't trust is rather known and needs no elaboration.
  • The above-stated views do need detailed elaboration and may represent an over-simplified picture.
  • Here the elaboration of working of solar cells has been done immensely well.
  • There's virtually no narrative to speak of and little elaboration on the basic premise.
  • And at other times he piles elaboration upon elaboration until reality is buried under illusions of evaluation.
  • Now imagine this process of improvement and elaboration continuing through trillions of copying procedures.
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.)).

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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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