Definition of isolation in English:

isolation

Syllabification: i·so·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌīsəˈlāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1The process or fact of isolating or being isolated: the isolation of older people
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    • A general boycott will help this necessary process of international isolation.
    • This suggested a growing mistrust of political institutions and a sense of isolation from the decision-making process.
    • No longer will our students and communities need to feel disadvantaged because of isolation or shortage of resources.
  • 1.1An instance of isolating something, especially a compound or microorganism.
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    • National Institute of Virology, Pune has carried out serological investigations and virus isolations in different parts of the country.
    • Each step in the curing procedures was monitored by electrophoresis of plasmid isolations.
    • The pre - and post-chlorination bacterial isolations are presented in Table 2.
  • 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a hospital or ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.
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    • His wife sent him to the local isolation hospital but no patients would share the same ward with him.
    • Late closure of isolation wards led to infection of visitors and spread of the disease to the community.
    • The isolation ward patients all wear mask themselves, we wear M95 masks when we work in those areas.

Phrases

in isolation

Without relation to other people or things; separately: environmental problems must not be seen in isolation from social ones
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  • In our understanding a person can be a person only in relationships, not in isolation.
  • Religious and other organisations do not exist in isolation from the military.
  • It must be a mixture of chemicals, like alcohol and cocaine, which is far more addictive than either in isolation.

Origin

mid 19th century: from isolate, partly on the pattern of French isolation.

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