|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|1.||any large, indefinite, and continuous part of a surface or space|
|2.||an area considered as a unit for geographical, functional, social, or cultural reasons|
|3.||an administrative division of a country: Tuscany is one of the regions of the Italian Republic|
|4.||a realm or sphere of activity or interest|
|5.||range, area, or scope: in what region is the price likely to be?|
|6.||a division or part of the boday: the lumbar region|
|7.||See also islands council (in Scotland from 1975 until 1996) any of the nine territorial divisions into which the mainland of Scotland was divided for purposes of local government; replaced in 1996 by council areas|
|[C14: from Latin regiō, from regere to govern]|
region re·gion (rē'jən)
An area of the body having natural or arbitrary boundaries.
A portion of the body having a special nervous or vascular supply.
A part of an organ with a special function.
in the social sciences, a cohesive area that is homogeneous in selected defining criteria and is distinguished from neighbouring areas or regions by those criteria. It is an intellectual construct created by the selection of features relevant to a particular problem and the disregard of other features considered to be irrelevant. A region is distinguished from an area, which is usually a broader concept designating a portion of the surface of the Earth. Area boundaries are arbitrary, established for convenience. Regional boundaries are determined by the homogeneity and cohesiveness of the section
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