avulse

avulse

[uh-vuhls]
verb (used with object), avulsed, avulsing.
to pull off or tear away forcibly: to avulse a ligament.

Origin:
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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