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cutdown

[kuht-doun] /ˈkʌtˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
reduction; decrease; diminution:
a cutdown in sales.
2.
Surgery. the incision of a superficial vein in order to effect direct insertion of a catheter.
adjective
3.
reduced in size.
4.
abridged or condensed:
They televised a cutdown version of the movie.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; noun use of verb phrase cut down
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cutdown in Medicine

cutdown cut·down (kŭt'doun')
n.
The incision of a vein to facilitate the insertion of a cannula or needle, as for the administration of intravenous medication. Also called venostomy.

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