/ əˈnæləsɪs; NAmE / noun ( pl. an·aly·ses / -siːz; NAmE /)
[ U , C ] the detailed study or examination of sth in order to understand more about it; the result of the study :
The book is an analysis of poverty and its causes.
[ U , C ] a careful examination of a substance in order to find out what it consists of :
The blood samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis .
You can ask for a chemical analysis of your tap water.
[ U ] = psychoanalysis :
In analysis the individual resolves difficult emotional conflicts.
- in the final / last analysis
late 16th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek analusis , from analuein unloose, from ana- up + luein loosen.