ab·lu·tion (ə-blshən, ă-bl-)
1. A washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious rite.
2. The liquid so used.
[Middle English ablucioun, from Latin ablūtiō, ablūtiōn-, from ablūtus, past participle of abluere, to wash away : ab-, away; see AB-1 + -luere, to wash; see leu(ə)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ab·lution·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
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