Medical Dictionary


noun ori·en·ta·tion
\ˌōr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, ˌr-, -ˌen-\

Medical Definition of ORIENTATION

a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented b :  the state of being oriented
:  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest—see sexual orientation
:  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus
:  awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons <psychological orientation>
ori·en·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
ori·en·ta·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb
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