1. The act or process of producing or refining with labour; improvement by successive operations; refinement.

2. <physiology> The natural process of formation or assimilation, performed by the living organs in animals and vegetables, by which a crude substance is changed into something of a higher order; as, the elaboration of food into chyme; the elaboration of chyle, or sap, or tissues.

Origin: L. Elaboratio: cf. F. Elaboration.

(01 Mar 1998)

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