excision

[ek-sizh-uhn, ik-]
noun
1.
the act of removal; an excising.
2.
Surgery. the surgical removal of a foreign body or of tissue.

Origin:
1480–90; < Latin excīsiōn- (stem of excīsiō) a cutting out. See excise2, -ion

excisional, adjective
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excision
late 15c., from L. excisionem, noun of action from excidere (see excise).
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excision ex·ci·sion (ĭk-sĭzh'ən)
n.

  1. Surgical removal by cutting, as of a tumor or a portion of a structure or organ. Also called exsection.

  2. A recombination event in which a genetic element is removed.

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An excisional biopsy is an attempt to remove the entire lesion.
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