augmentationmedical dictionary

1. The act or process of augmenting, or making larger, by addition, expansion, or dilation; increase.

2. The state of being augmented; enlargement.

3. The thing added by way of enlargement.

4. A additional charge to a coat of arms, given as a mark of honor.

5. <medicine> The stage of a disease in which the symptoms go on increasing.

6. In counterpoint and fugue, a repetition of the subject in tones of twice the original length. Augmentation court, a court erected by Stat. 27 Hen. VIII, to augment to revenues of the crown by the suppression of monasteries. It was long ago dissolved.

Synonyms: Increase, enlargement, growth, extension, accession, addition.

Origin: LL. Augmentatio: cf. F. Augmentation.

(01 Mar 1998)

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