consolidation

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noun con·sol·i·da·tion \kən-ˌsä-lə-ˈdā-shən\

Definition of consolidation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of consolidating :  the state of being consolidated

  2. 2 :  the process of uniting :  the quality or state of being united; specifically :  the unification of two or more corporations by dissolution of existing ones and creation of a single new corporation

  3. 3 :  pathological alteration of lung tissue from an aerated condition to one of solid consistency

  4. 4 :  the process by which a new memory is converted into a form that is stable and long-lasting Initially fragile memories can gain stability via consolidation, but the extent to which sleep contributes to this process is unresolved … — John D. Rudoy et al.

Examples of consolidation in a Sentence

  1. the consolidation of several intelligence agencies into one super agency

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First Known Use of consolidation

15th century


Medical Dictionary

consolidation

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noun con·sol·i·da·tion \kən-ˌsäl-ə-ˈdā-shən\

Medical Definition of consolidation

  1. :  the process by which an infected lung passes from an aerated collapsible condition to one of airless solid consistency through the accumulation of exudate in the alveoli and adjoining ducts pneumonic consolidation; also :  tissue that has undergone consolidation areas of consolidation



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