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[kon-suh l-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn səlˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of consulting; conference.
a meeting for deliberation, discussion, or decision.
a meeting of physicians to evaluate a patient's case and treatment.
English Law. a writ returning a case to an ecclesiastical court from a temporal one.
Australian. lottery.
Origin of consultation
1540-50; < Latin consultātiōn- (stem of consultātiō), equivalent to consultāt(us) (past participle of consultāre; see consult, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preconsultation, noun
proconsultation, adjective
reconsultation, noun Unabridged
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  • Linda already had held a consultation with Katy on the subject of the lunch basket.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • At the end of an hour or two, we ceased rowing, and held a consultation.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The expedition returned to Queenstown, and a consultation took place.

  • I tried to get up, but I couldn't, and then they got together, for a consultation.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • And you, gentlemen, do me the favour to step this way for a consultation.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for consultation


the act or procedure of consulting
a conference for discussion or the seeking of advice, esp from doctors or lawyers
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Word Origin and History for consultation

early 15c., from Middle French consultation, from Latin consultationem (nominative consultatio), from past participle stem of consultare "consult, ask counsel of; reflect, consider maturely," frequentative of consulere "to deliberate, consider," originally probably "to call together," as in consulere senatum "to gather the senate" (to ask for advice), from com- "with" (see com-) + *selere "take, gather (the Senate) together," from PIE root *sal- "to take, seize."

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consultation in Medicine

consultation con·sul·ta·tion (kŏn'səl-tā'shən)
A meeting of two or more health professionals to discuss the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of a particular case.

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