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Prep·a·ra·tion (noun)
1. a PROCEEDING, measure, or provision by which one prepares for something.

2. any proceeding, experience, or the like considered as a mode of preparing for the FUTURE.

3. an ACT of preparing.
4. the STATE of being prepared.

5. something prepared, MANUFACTURED, or compounded.

5. a SPECIMEN, as an animal body, prepared for scientific examination, dissection, etc.

The Scout Motto: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.

Specimens doing their duty. Natural History Museum, London. October 2012.