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[dur-muh-brey-zhuh n] /ˌdɜr məˈbreɪ ʒən/
the removal of acne scars, dermal nevi, or the like, by abrading.
Also called skin planing.
Origin of dermabrasion
1950-55; derm- + abrasion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dermabrasion
  • Ancient forms of tattoo removal included primitive dermabrasion-scraping the skin with rough surfaces, such as sandpaper.
  • dermabrasion is the removal of the top layers of the skin.
  • dermabrasion involves removing the upper layers of the skin with a special wire brush called a burr or fraise.
  • Lasers and dermabrasion can also be used to improve the appearance.
  • These include dermabrasion, laser techniques and skin grafts.
  • Subjects with a history of dermabrasion or laser resurfacing at the sites to be treated.
British Dictionary definitions for dermabrasion


a procedure in cosmetic surgery in which rough facial skin is removed by scrubbing
Word Origin
C20: from Greek derma skin + abrasion
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Word Origin and History for dermabrasion

1954; see derma + abrasion.

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dermabrasion in Medicine

dermabrasion der·ma·bra·sion (dûr'mə-brā'zhən)
A surgical procedure designed to remove skin imperfections, such as scars, by abrading the surface of the skin with fine sandpaper or wire brushes. Also called planing.

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