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excavation

[eks-kuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌɛks kəˈveɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a hole or cavity made by excavating.
2.
the act of excavating.
3.
an area in which excavating has been done or is in progress, as an archaeological site.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin excavātiōn- (stem of excavātiō) a hollowing. See excavate, -ion
Related forms
excavational, adjective
nonexcavation, noun
reexcavation, noun
Synonyms
1. See hole.
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Word Origin and History for excavational

excavation

n.

1610s, "action of excavating," from Latin excavationem (nominative excavatio) "a hollowing out," noun of action from past participle stem of excavare (see excavate).

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excavational in Medicine

excavation ex·ca·va·tion (ěk'skə-vā'shən)
n.

  1. A natural cavity, pouch, or recess.

  2. A cavity formed artificially or as the result of a pathological process.

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