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laboratory

[lab-ruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, lab-er-uh-; British luh-bor-uh-tuh-ree, -uh-tree] /ˈlæb rəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈlæb ər ə-; British ləˈbɒr ə tə ri, -ə tri/
noun, plural laboratories.
1.
a building, part of a building, or other place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests, investigations, etc., or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like.
2.
any place, situation, set of conditions, or the like, conducive to experimentation, investigation, observation, etc.; anything suggestive of a scientific laboratory.
adjective
3.
serving a function in a laboratory.
4.
relating to techniques of work in a laboratory:
laboratory methods; laboratory research.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin labōrātōrium workshop, equivalent to Latin labōrā(re) to labor + -tōrium -tory2
Related forms
laboratorial, adjective
laboratorially, adverb
laboratorian, noun
interlaboratory, adjective
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  • Conventional laboratory equipment is powerful but expensive.
  • laboratory space and start up funds will be provided.
British Dictionary definitions for laboratory

laboratory

/ləˈbɒrətərɪ; -trɪ; US ˈlæbrəˌtɔːrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
  1. a building or room equipped for conducting scientific research or for teaching practical science
  2. (as modifier): laboratory equipment
2.
a place where chemicals or medicines are manufactured
Often shortened to lab
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin labōrātōrium workshop, from Latin labōrāre to labour
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Word Origin and History for laboratory
n.

c.1600, "building set apart for scientific experiments," from Medieval Latin laboratorium "a place for labor or work," from Latin laboratus, past participle of laborare "to work" (see labor (n.)). Figurative use by 1660s.

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laboratory in Medicine

laboratory lab·o·ra·to·ry (lāb'rə-tôr'ē)
n.

  1. A room or building equipped for scientific research.

  2. A place where drugs and chemicals are manufactured.

  3. A place for practice, observation, or testing.

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