Definition: Conurbation

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From Latin con- (“together”) + urbs (“city”) + -ation. Coined by Scottish biologist, sociologist, and geographer Patrick Geddes in 1915.


conurbation (plural conurbations)

  1. a continuous aggregation of built-up urban communities created as a result of urban sprawl

Usage notes

A Dictionary of Geography distinguishes between uninuclear conurbations (conurbations which have developed around one urban area) and polynuclear conurbations (conurbations which have developed from the aggregation of several urban areas).

Related terms

  • suburban
  • urban
  • urbane
  • urbanite


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