cutdown

cutdown

[kuht-doun]
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:
1885–90; noun use of verb phrase cut down

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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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