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1. A workplace for the conduct of scientific research or where research and testing is carried out.
2. A room or place with appropriate equipment for teaching science or doing scientific work.
3. A place where drugs and chemicals are manufactured, examined, and tested.
4. A place equipped for performing experimental work or investigative procedures, for the preparation of drugs, chemicals, etc.
5. A region (geographic, etc.) resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation, practice, and experimentation.
6. Any place, situation, set of conditions, or the like, conducive to experimentation, investigation, observation, etc.; anything suggestive of a scientific laboratory.
7. Etymology: Although "laboratory" looks very much like the Latin laboratorium, "a place to labor, a work place"; the word "laboratory" came from the extended Latin elaborare, "to work out", as a problem, and "with great pains"; as evidenced by the Old English spelling "elaboratory"; designating "a place where learned effort was applied to the solution of scientific problems".
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It should be noted that such an etymological perspective could not be found in any other dictionary. In fact, other sources state the following similar information: from 1605, "a building set apart for scientific experiments", from Middle Latin laboratorium, "a place for labor or work"; from Latin laboratus, past participle form of laborare, "to work". The shortened form lab was first attested in 1895.

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(Old English: lab; Middle English lathian)