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observation


observation

noun ob·ser·va·tion \ˌäb-sər-ˈvā-shən, -zər-\

Definition of OBSERVATION

1
:  the noting of a fact or occurrence (as in nature) often involving the measurement of some magnitude with suitable instruments <temperature observations>; also :  a record so obtained
2
:  close watch or examination (as to monitor or diagnose a condition) <postoperative observation> <psychiatric observation>
March 05, 2015
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