dilation dilation  /daɪ ˈleɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic
  2. (n) the act of expanding an aperture


  1. Vacuum aspiration, as usually done, requires dilation of the cervix under local anesthesia.
  2. Many policemen say that they can spot a pothead by the dilation of his pupils.
  3. He thinks that time dilation can, theoretically, keep a man young while he speeds through space and permit him to land, still young, on a distant star.


  • One way the Xbox One Kinect could read your state of mind

    The Xbox One's improved Kinect will include biometric sensing capabilities -- and in this post, Jamie Madigan explains how pupil dilation could be detected to create dynamic difficulty. ...
    on July 8, 2013     Source: Gamasutra


  1. "Free radicals contribute to the formation of arterial blockages. What's more, as the number of free radicals increases, they also interfere with the ability of the cells lining arteries to control the contraction and dilation of the arteries,"...
    on Sep 4, 2006 By: Harold Schmidt Source: EurekAlert (press release)

  2. "We ban abortion; they ban a procedure," Daschle said. "They allow all the other abortive procedures available--dilation and evacuation, induction, hysterotomies, hysterectomies--those are still legally available. What we ban are all of those...
    on Dec 1, 2004 By: Tom Daschle Source: Socialist Worker Online

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