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incision

[in-sizh-uh n] /ɪnˈsɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
a cut, gash, or notch.
2.
the act of incising.
3.
a cutting into, especially for surgical purposes.
4.
incisiveness; keenness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin incīsiōn- (stem of incīsiō). See incise, -ion
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Examples from the web for incision
  • Once the procedure is complete, sutures or staples are used to close the incision.
  • incision a cut into a body tissue or organ, such as by a scalpel, made during surgery.
  • In order to restore the complete group a full incision must be made.
  • Typical surgery begins with a zigzag incision from ear to ear across the top of the head.
British Dictionary definitions for incision

incision

/ɪnˈsɪʒən/
noun
1.
the act of incising
2.
a cut, gash, or notch
3.
a cut made with a knife during a surgical operation
4.
any indentation in an incised leaf
5.
(rare) incisiveness
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Word Origin and History for incision
n.

late 14c., "a cutting made in surgery," from Old French incision (13c.) and directly from Latin incisionem (nominative incisio) "a cutting into," noun of action from past participle stem of incidere "to cut in," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + -cidere, comb. form of caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Meaning "act of cutting into" is from early 15c.

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incision in Medicine

incision in·ci·sion (ĭn-sĭzh'ən)
n.

  1. A cut into a body tissue or organ, especially one made during surgery.

  2. The scar resulting from such a cut.

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