[ek-spluh-rey-shuh n]

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


  1. the act or process of exploring
  2. med examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
  3. an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition
Derived Formsexploratory (ɪkˈsplɒrətərɪ, -trɪ) or explorative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for re-exploration



1540s, from Middle French exploration and directly from Latin explorationem (nominative exploratio), noun of action from past participle stem of explorare (see explore).

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re-exploration in Medicine


  1. An active examination, usually involving endoscopy or a surgical procedure, to determine conditions present as an aid in diagnosis.
Related formsex•plora•to′ry (ĭk-splôrə-tôr′ē) adj.
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