[prep-uh-rey-shuh n]


Origin of preparation

1350–1400; Middle English preparacion < Latin praeparātiōn- (stem of praeparātiō), a preparing, equivalent to praeparāt(us) (past participle of praeparāre to prepare) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·prep·a·ra·tion, nounpre·prep·a·ra·tion, nounself-prep·a·ra·tion, nounsu·per·prep·a·ra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act or process of preparing
the state of being prepared; readiness
(often plural) a measure done in order to prepare for something; provisionto make preparations for something
something that is prepared, esp a medicinal formulation
(esp in a boarding school)
  1. homework
  2. the period reserved for thisUsually shortened to: prep
  1. the anticipation of a dissonance so that the note producing it in one chord is first heard in the preceding chord as a consonance
  2. a note so employed
(often capital) the preliminary prayers at Mass or divine service
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Word Origin and History for preparation

late 14c., "act of preparing," from Latin praeparationem (nominative praeparatio) "a making ready," noun of action from past participle stem of praeparare "prepare," from prae "before" (see pre-) + parare "make ready" (see pare). Meaning "a substance especially prepared" is from 1640s.

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preparation in Medicine




A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.
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