facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific or technological research, experiments, and measurement may be performed
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A laboratory (lab for short) is a work place where scientific research, experiments, or measurement are done.
The word laboratory is also used for other places where the work done or equipment used are like those in scientific laboratories. These include:
- a film laboratory or photographic laboratory
- a computer lab
- a medical lab
- a clandestine lab for making illegal drugs
Scientific laboratories can be found in schools and universities, in hospitals, in industry, in government or military facilities, and even aboard ships and spacecraft.