|1.||the surgical removal of an organ, structure, or part|
|2.||the melting or wearing away of an expendable part, such as the heat shield of a space re-entry vehicle on passing through the earth's atmosphere|
|3.||the wearing away of a rock or glacier|
|[C15: from Late Latin ablatiōn-, from Latin auferre to carry away, remove]|
ablation ab·la·tion (ā-blā'shən)
Removal of a body part or the destruction of its function, as by a surgery, disease, or noxious substance.
|ablation (ā-blā'shən) Pronunciation Key