[ dis-truh-byoo-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɪs trəˈbyu ʃən /


Origin of distribution

1375–1425; late Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Latin distribūtiōn- (stem of distribūtiō). See distribute, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for distribution

/ (ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən) /


Derived forms of distribution

distributional, adjective
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Medical definitions for distribution

[ dĭs′trə-byōōshən ]


The extension of the branches of arteries or nerves to the tissues and organs.
The area in which the branches of an artery or a nerve terminate, or the area supplied by such an artery or nerve.
A set of numbers and their frequency of occurrence from measurements within a statistical population.

Other words from distribution

dis′tri•bution•al adj.
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Cultural definitions for distribution


The process of marketing and merchandising goods. Also, the way in which wealth or goods or services are allotted, as in the distribution of wealth.

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