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Laboratory

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Laboratory

Origin: Shortened fr. Elaboratory; cf. OF. Elaboratoire, f. Laboratoire. See elaborate, Labour] [Formerly written also elaboratory.

The workroom of a chemist; also, a place devoted to experiments in any branch of natural science; as, a chemical, physical, or biological laboratory. Hence, by extension, a place where something is prepared, or some operation is performed; as, the liver is the laboratory of the bile.