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[dih-lee-shuh n] /dɪˈli ʃən/
an act or instance of deleting.
the state of being deleted.
a deleted word, passage, etc.
Genetics. a type of chromosomal aberration in which a segment of the chromosome is removed or lost.
Origin of deletion
1580-90; < Latin dēlētiōn- (stem of dēlētiō) a destroying, equivalent to dēlēt(us) (see delete) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deletion
  • In both cases, they found a deletion of one particular gene.
  • It's not ideal but if any model goes against such detections needs modification, deletion or re-making.
  • For every deletion, something that happens during an unequal recombination or crossing over, a duplication occurs.
  • Those with the deletion also had a larger hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls eating and sleep.
  • All wilderness parks are threatened by that little deletion.
  • Because they say, at one point, that immediate deletion is not always practicable due to the way the archiving systems operate.
  • Until they are handed back without alteration or deletion then a big question mark remains over what really happened.
  • Thus, when the observer makes a reversible deletion, he is actually siphoning heat off from the system.
  • If it were broken by a deletion, or frame-shift mutation, then it cannot be fixed by a single-step mutation.
  • And you have more gross genomic features such as gene duplication or deletion.
British Dictionary definitions for deletion


the act of deleting or fact of being deleted
a deleted passage, word, etc, in text
the loss or absence of a section of a chromosome
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Word Origin and History for deletion

1580s, from Latin deletionem (nominative deletio), noun of action from past participle stem of delere (see delete).

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deletion in Medicine

deletion de·le·tion (dĭ-lē'shən)
Loss, as from mutation, of one or more nucleotides from a chromosome.

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