Meaning of “laboratory” in the English Dictionary

"laboratory" in British English

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laboratorynoun [ C ]

uk /ləˈbɒr.ə.tər.i/ us /ˈlæb.rə.tɔːr.i/ informal lab

B1 a room or building with scientific equipment for doing scientific tests or for teaching science, or a place where chemicals or medicines are produced:

research laboratories
a computer laboratory
Laboratory tests suggest that the new drug may be used to treat cancer.

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(Definition of “laboratory” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"laboratory" in American English

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laboratorynoun [ C ]

us /ˈlæb·rəˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr-/ short form lab, us /læb/

a room or building with equipment for doing scientific tests or for teaching science, or a place where chemicals or medicines are produced:

a physics laboratory

(Definition of “laboratory” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"laboratory" in Business English

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laboratorynoun [ C ]

uk /ləˈbɒrətəri/ us /ˈlæbrətɔːri/ plural laboratories informal lab

a room or building with equipment for doing scientific tests:

The company makes analytical equipment for industrial and research laboratories.

a company or place where chemicals or medicines are produced:

He is chairman and chief executive officer of vision-care pharmaceutical maker Alcon Laboratories.

(Definition of “laboratory” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)