|1.||the act of isolating or the condition of being isolated|
|2.||(of a country, party, etc) nonparticipation in or withdrawal from international politics|
|a. Compare quarantine social separation of a person who has or is suspected of having a contagious disease|
|b. (as modifier): an isolation hospital|
|4.||sociol a lack of contact between persons, groups, or whole societies|
|5.||social psychol the failure of an individual to maintain contact with others or genuine communication where interaction with others persists|
|6.||in isolation without regard to context, similar matters, etc|
isolation i·so·la·tion (ī'sə-lā'shən)
The act of isolating or the state of being isolated.
in medicine, separation of an infected individual (human or animal) from the healthy until that individual is no longer able to transmit the disease. In its strictest sense, the practice of isolation differs from that of quarantine, which is the detention of an individual who may have been exposed to a communicable disease until it is deemed certain that he has escaped infection. See quarantine
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