[ ek-spluh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃən /


an act or instance of exploring or investigating; examination.
the investigation of unknown regions.

Origin of exploration

1535–45; < Latin explōrātiōn- (stem of explōrātiō) an examination, equivalent to explōrāt(us) searched out, examined (past participle of explōrāre to explore) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM exploration

re·ex·plo·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exploration

/ (ˌɛkspləˈreɪʃən) /


the act or process of exploring
med examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition

Derived forms of exploration

exploratory (ɪkˈsplɒrətərɪ, -trɪ) or explorative, adjective
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Medical definitions for exploration

[ ĕk′splə-rāshən ]


An active examination, usually involving endoscopy or a surgical procedure, to determine conditions present as an aid in diagnosis.

Other words from exploration

ex•plora•to′ry (ĭk-splôrə-tôr′ē) adj.
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