elimination

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noun, often attributive elim·i·na·tion \i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of elimination

  1. :  the act, process, or an instance of eliminating or discharging: such asa :  the act of discharging or excreting waste products from the bodyb :  the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol — compare addition 4

Examples of elimination in a Sentence

  1. the elimination of waste products from the body

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First Known Use of elimination

1627



ELIMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

elimination

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Definition of elimination for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of removing something or someone


ELIMINATION Defined for Kids

elimination

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noun elim·i·na·tion \i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of elimination for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of excluding or getting rid of

  2. 2 :  a getting rid of waste from the body


Medical Dictionary

elimination

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noun elim·i·na·tion \i-ˌlim-ə-ˈnā-shən\

Medical Definition of elimination

  1. 1:  the act of discharging or excreting waste products or foreign substances from the body

  2. 2eliminations plural :  bodily discharges including urine, feces, and vomit

  3. 3:  the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol



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