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Meaning of operatory

op•er•a•to•ry

Pronunciation: (op'ur-u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
—n.
  1. a room or other area with special equipment and facilities, as for dental surgery, scientific experiments, or the like.
—adj.
  1. operative.
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