noun

*pl.*-·ses·

- a separating or breaking up of any whole into its parts, esp. with an examination of these parts to find out their nature, proportion, function, interrelationship, etc.
- any detailed examination

- a statement of the results of this process
- psychoanalysis
- Linguis. the use of word order and uninflected function words rather than inflection to express syntactic relationships
- Math. a branch of mathematics, including calculus, that deals with functions and limits and their generalizations
- systems analysis

Origin of analysis

Medieval Latin from Gr, a dissolving from*ana-*, up, throughout +

*lysis*, a loosing from

*lyein*, to loose: see lose

**analysis Idioms**

in the last analysis