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exploration

[ek-spluh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of exploring or investigating; examination.
2.
the investigation of unknown regions.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin explōrātiōn- (stem of explōrātiō) an examination, equivalent to explōrāt(us) searched out, examined (past participle of explōrāre to explore) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reexploration, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for explorations

exploration

/ˌɛkspləˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of exploring
2.
(med) examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
3.
an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition
Derived Forms
exploratory (ɪkˈsplɒrətərɪ; -trɪ), explorative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for explorations

exploration

n.

1540s, from Middle French exploration and directly from Latin explorationem (nominative exploratio), noun of action from past participle stem of explorare (see explore).

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explorations in Medicine

exploration ex·plo·ra·tion (ěk'splə-rā'shən)
n.
An active examination, usually involving endoscopy or a surgical procedure, to determine conditions present as an aid in diagnosis.


ex·plor'a·to'ry (ĭk-splôr'ə-tôr'ē) adj.
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