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operation

[ op-uh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃən /
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noun
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Origin of operation

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English operacioun, oparacion, operation, from Latin operātiōn- (stem of operātiō ), equivalent to operāt(us) + -iōn- noun suffix of action or condition; see origin at operate

OTHER WORDS FROM operation

mis·op·er·a·tion, nounpre·op·er·a·tion, nounre·op·er·a·tion, nounsub·op·er·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for operation

operation
/ (ˌɒpəˈreɪʃən) /

noun
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Medical definitions for operation

operation
[ ŏp′ə-rāshən ]

n.
A surgical procedure, usually using instruments, for remedying an injury, ailment, defect, or dysfunction.
The act, manner, or process of functioning.
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Scientific definitions for operation

operation
[ ŏp′ə-rāshən ]

Medicine A surgical procedure for remedying an injury, ailment, defect, or dysfunction.
Mathematics A process or action, such as addition, substitution, transposition, or differentiation, performed in a specified sequence and in accordance with specific rules.
A logical operation.
Computer Science An action resulting from a single instruction.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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