Definition of isolation in US English:

isolation

noun

  • 1The process or fact of isolating or being isolated.

    ‘the isolation of older people’
    • ‘The number of help line and awareness groups is only a reflection of increasing social isolation.’
    • ‘A general boycott will help this necessary process of international isolation.’
    • ‘This suggested a growing mistrust of political institutions and a sense of isolation from the decision-making process.’
    • ‘Diplomatically, Britain had been cornered and her splendid isolation was more discomforting than her solitary magnificence.’
    • ‘Their relative isolation from the rest of the country means that many do not even think of politics.’
    • ‘No longer will our students and communities need to feel disadvantaged because of isolation or shortage of resources.’
    • ‘In addition to physical pain, dying patients often experience social isolation, psychological stress and spiritual crises.’
    • ‘Coverdale withdraws into increasing isolation from the modern world.’
    • ‘The North has been making a concerted effort to end its diplomatic isolation since last year.’
    • ‘Third, a Mantel test was used to assess the hypothesis of genetic isolation by geographic distance.’
    • ‘Racial diversity in the student body reduces the isolation experienced by faculty of color.’
    • ‘But Libya does want American participation - both for economic reasons and to end its diplomatic isolation.’
    • ‘But those who are willing to put out the effort can always experience relative travel isolation.’
    • ‘Australia's native wildlife is almost entirely endemic, having evolved in virtual isolation from the rest of the world.’
    • ‘First, his visit ends the international isolation imposed on Syria since the passing of UN Resolution 1559 in 2004.’
    • ‘Of greater interest is that our analysis shows a pattern of isolation by distance.’
    • ‘Using families' natural support systems to reduce social isolation may be of great help.’
    • ‘As a corollary, corridors of suitable habitat should reduce patch isolation, thereby decreasing species loss and enhancing colonization.’
    • ‘The Government recognises that New Zealand's relative geographical isolation does not provide immunity from the threat of terrorism.’
    • ‘As a consequence, Libya gradually overcame its international isolation.’
    separation, segregation, setting apart, keeping apart
    solitariness, loneliness, friendlessness, lack of contact, exile, sense of exile, aloneness
    remoteness, seclusion, loneliness, inaccessibility
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting a hospital or ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.
      • ‘Mpumalanga yesterday opened an emergency isolation ward at the Rob Ferreira Hospital to treat ten cases.’
      • ‘The isolation ward patients all wear mask themselves, we wear M95 masks when we work in those areas.’
      • ‘No quality restrictions were imposed on studies using isolation wards or nurse cohorting.’
      • ‘This served Joyce Green and other isolation hospitals in the area.’
      • ‘These children have typhoid, they should be in isolation, but the isolation hospital was looted.’
      • ‘Briefly, all patients with community-acquired pneumonia and fever are admitted to the isolation wards.’
      • ‘His working group has also called for a return to isolation hospitals of the type built to deal with TB last century.’
      • ‘The land in question is the former isolation hospital in Main Road, Dovercourt.’
      • ‘This one would need her to be hospitalized in an isolation ward for a few weeks.’
      • ‘This time it's the isolation ward instead of TB and Nokwanda will most likely never leave this hospital again.’
      • ‘She spent nine days in an isolation ward at North Manchester General Hospital and underwent a series of tests.’
      • ‘According to Chang, air pressure in the isolation wards is lower than the air pressure outside the wards.’
      • ‘Swindon Council says the centre, which used to be an isolation hospital, was being closed and demolished because it was outdated.’
      • ‘As SARS infection could not be excluded the patient was transferred directly to an isolation ward on the same day.’
      • ‘Late closure of isolation wards led to infection of visitors and spread of the disease to the community.’
      • ‘During all the nine weeks he was being barrier nursed in an isolation ward.’
      • ‘Robyn was in an isolation ward at the hospital over the weekend and doctors hoped she could be released on Monday.’
      • ‘The median number of AFB isolation rooms was 4.’
      • ‘His wife sent him to the local isolation hospital but no patients would share the same ward with him.’
      • ‘A surveyor's report found that the smallpox isolation hospital at Winterburn was in a poor state.’
    2. 1.2 An instance of isolating something, especially a compound or microorganism.
      • ‘Similar results were obtained from at least two independent PCR assays of two independent chromatin isolations.’
      • ‘The accumulation of viscous polysaccharides in the mycelia of S. commune often interferes with genomic DNA isolations.’
      • ‘The pre - and post-chlorination bacterial isolations are presented in Table 2.’
      • ‘Genomic DNA isolation and purification followed either a modified Chelex or phenol-chloroform protocol.’
      • ‘All proviral DNA isolations were processed in P3 laboratory facilities.’
      • ‘All animal handling, VBL treatments and sperm isolations were performed at one laboratory by one technician.’
      • ‘Petals were detached from three flowers, pooled and used for mRNA isolation.’
      • ‘Nuclei isolations and transcription assays were performed as previously described.’
      • ‘Gastric lavage for isolation of M tuberculosis is a well accepted method.’
      • ‘Cell lines were maintained as directed by the source, and DNA isolations were performed using Wizard genomic DNA purification (Promega).’
      • ‘National Institute of Virology, Pune has carried out serological investigations and virus isolations in different parts of the country.’
      • ‘Samples from all the treatments were harvested at the indicated times and total RNA isolation was performed.’
      • ‘Here we report the isolation of mutations in the Drosophila Tap 42 gene.’
      • ‘All the steps in the isolation procedure were carried out at 4°C.’
      • ‘A chemist may get a prize for discovering oxygen or even a patent on the process used for its isolation.’
      • ‘These latter bands were reconfirmed by multiple isolations and PCR-amplifications of VMA1 from genomic DNA initially derived from single cell cultures.’
      • ‘Each step in the curing procedures was monitored by electrophoresis of plasmid isolations.’
      • ‘The rise in isolations in our series exceeded the rise in submitted blood cultures.’
      • ‘Plant tissues to be used for RNA isolation were collected directly into liquid N 2.’
      • ‘Total RNA isolation and Northern analysis were performed according to standard protocols.’

Phrases

  • in isolation

    • Without relation to other people or things; separately.

      ‘environmental problems must not be seen in isolation from social ones’
      • ‘He was often on call 24 hours a day six days a week and lived in isolation.’
      • ‘Her close family were given a dose of antibiotics as a precaution, but most cases of the disease occur in isolation.’
      • ‘In fact, the effect of that rise in carbon dioxide in isolation from other factors would be about one degree celsius.’
      • ‘Religious and other organisations do not exist in isolation from the military.’
      • ‘On earth, the question of environmental damage is often thought about in isolation.’
      • ‘He's not been misquoted and in isolation his memo is not without merit.’
      • ‘But it soon became apparent that improved schooling would achieve little in isolation.’
      • ‘It must be a mixture of chemicals, like alcohol and cocaine, which is far more addictive than either in isolation.’
      • ‘The safety of any one pesticide, for example, is calculated in isolation.’
      • ‘In our understanding a person can be a person only in relationships, not in isolation.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from isolate, partly on the pattern of French isolation.

Pronunciation

isolation

/ˌīsəˈlāSH(ə)n//ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/