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avulse

[uh-vuhls] /əˈvʌls/
verb (used with object), avulsed, avulsing.
1.
to pull off or tear away forcibly:
to avulse a ligament.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Latin āvulsus, past participle of āvellere to pluck off, tear away, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vul-, past participle stem of vellere to forcibly pull, pluck + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
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