incarceration

noun in·car·cer·a·tion \ (ˌ)in-ˌkär-sə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of incarceration

plural incarcerations
: confinement in a jail or prison : the act of imprisoning someone or the state of being imprisoned
  • Despite the drop in crime in past decades, rates of arrest and incarceration in New York City have not gone down.
  • —Robin Steinberg
  • To this day, the Supreme Court has not overruled its infamous Korematsu opinion of 1944, which validated our mass incarceration in deference to national security.
  • —George Takei

First Known Use of incarceration

circa 1540

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

incarceration

noun in·car·cer·a·tion \ in-ˌkär-sə-ˈrā-shən \

medical Definition of incarceration

1 : a confining or state of being confined
2 : abnormal retention or confinement of a body part; specifically : a constriction of the neck of a hernial sac so that the hernial contents become irreducible


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