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Conurbation  (CONURBATION)

Continuous built-up areas may arise through the coalescence of neighbouring localities which, whilst retaining their administrative independence, may in fact form one agglomeration1, containing a central city2 and suburbs3 with specialized functions. The term conurbation4 is generally employed to designate a number of different agglomerations which, though geographically contiguous, have retained their own individuality.
In many cases, however, the term conurbation is used as a synonym for agglomeration.

  • 3. suburb n. — suburban adj.
    The densely populated area contiguous to a large town is sometimes called the urban fringe.