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[em-uh-ney-shuh n]
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  1. an act or instance of emanating.
  2. something that emanates or is emanated.
  3. Physical Chemistry. a gaseous product of radioactive disintegration, including radon, thoron, and actinon. Symbol: Em
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Origin of emanation

1560–70; < Late Latin ēmānātiōn- (stem of ēmānātiō), equivalent to ēmānāt(us) (see emanate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsem·a·na·tion·al, adjective
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Related Words for emanation

origin, effusion, ejaculation, escape, proceeding, exhalation, radiation, flowing, origination, emission, efflux, beginning, derivation, outflow, flow, gush, drainage, effluence, leakage, oozing

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Historical Examples of emanation

  • The universe is an emanation from the perfect, and an effort towards perfection.

    Initiation into Philosophy

    Emile Faguet

  • Philosophers (he says) have always regarded the world as an emanation from God.

  • I thought heartily: and no emanation from any menore was ever more sincere.

  • Has he not told you himself that every gift he possesses is but an emanation of his selfishness?

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • What is the beauty of yonder maiden but an emanation from the divine?

British Dictionary definitions for emanation


  1. an act or instance of emanating
  2. something that emanates or is produced; effusion
  3. a gaseous product of radioactive decay, such as radon
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Derived Formsemanational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for emanation


1560s, from Late Latin emanationem (nominative emanatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin emanare "flow out, arise, proceed," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + manare "to flow," from PIE root *ma- "damp."

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emanation in Medicine


  1. Something that issues from a source; an emission.
  2. Any of several radioactive gases that are isotopes of radon and are products of radioactive decay.
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