con·sul·ta·tion | \ ˌkän(t)-səl-ˈtā-shən \

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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Free services include dental screenings, dermatology consultations, eye glasses information and adjustments and haircuts as well as immunizations for those who meet certain requirements. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way cadets take 3rd at national academic bowl," 12 July 2018 The space includes eight state-of-the-art rooms, an I.V. infusion suite, nutritional consultations, two types of cryotherapy, collagen beds, as well as various laser and other related devices. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "A Wellness Destination in New York, Brought to You by NYDG," 29 June 2018 France benefited from the first consultation with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in World Cup history, with Antoine Griezmann being granted a penalty in Les Bleus' opener vs. Australia. Avi Creditor,, "WATCH: VAR Used at World Cup for First Time, Grants France Penalty," 16 June 2018 In some cases, the primary care team may be able to save the patient a visit to a specialist, through what is called an electronic consultation, or e-consult. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three reasons why young, healthy people want a primary care provider," 13 June 2018 Fortunately, Joan kept detailed records of every conversation and consultation, receipts for the items Melin purchased to make the hoops and the check stubs. Pam Kragen,, "Carlsbad's 'Hula Girl' gives her spin on toy's history," 9 June 2018 For example, an obstetric provider could call MCPAP for Moms and talk to a psychiatrist to get guidance on how to treat, and with consultation, decide on a treatment plan that would include therapy. Nancy Byatt,, "Depression affects one in 7 pregnant women. Why isn't there more help for them?," 8 June 2018 Under Trump, the world is finding that we can no longer be trusted to engage in consultation, deliberation, or dialogue of any kind. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Credibility Problem Is Now America’s," 26 May 2018 On economic and trade issues, solutions should be worked out through dialogue and consultation, with mutual respect and a balanced approach to addressing the concerns of each side, in order to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Cui Tiankai, Time, "Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.: How Americans Misunderstand China," 4 May 2018

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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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19 Sep 2018

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of consultation 

: a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment

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