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[in-kloo-zhuh n] /ɪnˈklu ʒən/
the act of including.
the state of being included.
something that is included.
Biology. a body suspended in the cytoplasm, as a granule.
Mineralogy. a solid body or a body of gas or liquid enclosed within the mass of a mineral.
Petrography, xenolith.
Logic, Mathematics. the relationship between two sets when the second is a subset of the first.
Origin of inclusion
1590-1600; 1945-50 for def 7; < Latin inclūsiōn- (stem of inclūsiō) a shutting in, equivalent to inclūs(us) (see incluse) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
noninclusion, noun
preinclusion, noun
reinclusion, noun Unabridged
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  • The résumé looks much better with the addition of bullet points and the inclusion of relevant employment experience.
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  • But others depicted inclusion as the civil rights struggle of the era.
  • We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.
  • Notwithstanding the inclusion of minerals, what really mattered were his views on the kingdoms of life.
  • But their inclusion is allowing new applications, too.
  • But their inclusion in the parade was not without another purpose.
  • The lucky vehicle would be meticulously examined, photographed, and recreated for inclusion in the game.
  • Measured against such rigid, cookie-cutter standards, not many of us qualify for inclusion in the festivities.
  • Higher-education lobbyists fought the inclusion of the measure.
British Dictionary definitions for inclusion


the act of including or the state of being included
something included
(geology) a solid fragment, liquid globule, or pocket of gas enclosed in a mineral or rock
  1. the relation between two sets that obtains when all the members of the first are members of the second XY
  2. strict inclusion, proper inclusion, the relation that obtains between two sets when the first includes the second but not vice versa XY
(engineering) a foreign particle in a metal, such as a particle of metal oxide
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Word Origin and History for inclusion

c.1600, from Latin inclusionem (nominative inclusio) "a shutting up, confinement," noun of action from past participle stem of includere (see include).

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inclusion in Medicine

inclusion in·clu·sion (ĭn-klōō'zhən)

  1. A nonliving mass, such as a droplet of fat, in the cytoplasm of a cell.

  2. The process by which a foreign or heterogenous structure is misplaced in another tissue.

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