noun, lab·o·ra·to·ry often attributive \ˈla-b(ə-)rə-ˌtr-ē sometimes ˈla-bə(r)-ˌ or lə-ˈbr-ə-ˌ, British usually lə-ˈbär-ə-t(ə-)rē\

: a room or building with special equipment for doing scientific experiments and tests

plural lab·o·ra·to·ries

Full Definition of LABORATORY

a :  a place equipped for experimental study in a science or for testing and analysis; broadly :  a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study
b :  a place like a laboratory for testing, experimentation, or practice
:  an academic period set aside for laboratory work

Examples of LABORATORY

  1. experiments conducted in a modern laboratory


Medieval Latin laboratorium, from Latin laborare to labor, from labor
First Known Use: 1605

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LABORATORIES Defined for Kids


noun lab·o·ra·to·ry \ˈla-brə-ˌtr-ē, ˈla-bə-rə-\
plural lab·o·ra·to·ries

Definition of LABORATORY for Kids

:  a room or building in which scientific experiments and tests are done
Medical Dictionary


noun , lab·o·ra·to·ry often attrib \ˈlab-(ə-)rə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtr-, British usually lə-ˈbär-ə-t(ə-)rē\
plural lab·o·ra·to·ries

Medical Definition of LABORATORY

:  a place equipped for experimental study in a science or for testing and analysis


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