[ eks-kuh-vey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛks kəˈveɪ ʃən /


a hole or cavity made by excavating.
the act of excavating.
an area in which excavating has been done or is in progress, as an archaeological site.

Origin of excavation

1605–15; < Latin excavātiōn- (stem of excavātiō) a hollowing. See excavate, -ion
Related formsex·ca·va·tion·al, adjectivenon·ex·ca·va·tion, nounre·ex·ca·va·tion, noun
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Medicine definitions for excavation


[ ĕk′skə-vāshən ]


A natural cavity, pouch, or recess.
A cavity formed artificially or as the result of a pathological process.

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