incision

[in-sizh-uhn]
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; Middle English < Latin incīsiōn- (stem of incīsiō). See incise, -ion

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incision (ɪnˈsɪʒən)
 
n
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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incision
late 14c., from O.Fr. incision (13c.), from L. incisionem (nom. incisio) "a cutting into," noun of action from incidere "to cut in," from from in- "into" + -cidere, comb. form of caedere "to cut" (see concise).
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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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Example sentences 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.
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