con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce consultation (audio) \

Definition of consultation

1 : council, conference specifically : a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment Her doctor called in a heart specialist for consultation.
2 : the act of consulting or conferring met with his physician for regular consultation and examination

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Examples of consultation in a Sentence

Many accountants offer a free consultation before charging for their work. After a series of consultations with doctors, a date for the operation was set. The group had a series of consultations with members of Congress. The town decided to close the park without any consultation with town residents. After consultation with the judge, lawyers decided to drop the case. Consultation of city records confirms that she lived there in the 1950s. Several dictionaries are available for consultation. a quick consultation of the city records
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Recent Examples on the Web Contact the Hammerle Finley Law Firm to schedule a consultation at Dallas News, "It is 20 years later: Do you know where your lawyer is?," 24 May 2020 An 83-year-old man in Broward County was intubated and waiting for a consultation on whether he should be admitted to hospice care. New York Times, "‘Found Unresponsive at Home’: Grim Records Recount Lonely Deaths," 8 May 2020 Urbina says) offering information about how to arrange a video consultation with a doctor to obtain a prescription for misoprostol. Ciara Nugent, Time, "How a Network of Activists Are Helping Women Get Abortions in Argentina During Coronavirus Lockdown," 1 May 2020 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Bring all the natural beauty of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to your backyard with a consultation from director of horticulture, Steve Foltz. Luann Gibbs,, "Everything But The House to auction off unique Cincinnati experiences," 28 Apr. 2020 Catherine Parisian, a professor in North Carolina, said what seemed like a routine follow-up call with her specialist last month became a telehealth consultation with an $80 copay. oregonlive, "Here’s why you’re getting billed for tele-health visits despite promises," 27 Apr. 2020 Within days, our faculty practice had partnered with the city to create a hotline that referred patients to a telemedicine consultation that would result in a test for Covid-19 when appropriate. Caroline Schulman, STAT, "It was my job to call people whose Covid-19 tests were positive. That taught me a lot about medicine, the law, and society," 24 Apr. 2020 Then, a consultation was done with a physician Skype. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "With virtual and clinic presence, Phoenix telehealth company Akos MD surges, plays key role amid COVID-19," 12 Apr. 2020 On Sunday afternoon, after waking from a nap and feeling worse, Johnson had a video consultation with his doctor and was taken to the hospital for tests. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Shocking Coronavirus Decline," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of consultation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consultation

see consult entry 1

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The first known use of consultation was in the 15th century

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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consultation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consultation

: a meeting in which someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) talks to a person about a problem, question, etc.
: a discussion about something that is being decided
: the act of looking for information in a book, on a map, etc.


con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän-səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce consultation (audio) \

Kids Definition of consultation

1 : a meeting held to talk things over
2 : the act of talking things over


con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce consultation (audio) \

Medical Definition of consultation

: a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment

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