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[pur-fuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌpɜr fəˈreɪ ʃən/
a hole, or one of a series of holes, bored or punched through something, as those between individual postage stamps of a sheet to facilitate separation.
a hole made or passing through a thing.
the act of perforating.
the condition or state of being perforated.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin perforātiōn- (stem of perforātiō) a boring through. See perforate, -ion Unabridged
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Examples for perforation
  • They had perforation, but they would do the trick anyway.
  • In the early centuries, the perforation of matzoth was an artistic job.
  • Bladder perforation is a rare and life-threatening event.
  • However, there's bound to be considerable perforation from tiny meteorites.
  • The risk for perforation of the ureter increases the longer the procedure takes.
  • Indications for surgery include deterioration of the patient's condition, or signs of perforation or widespread infection.
  • Still no obvious symptoms that perforation is imminent, but an oppressive feeling of foreboding hangs over me.
  • Cold perforation simply refers to a cold pin that penetrates a material.
  • Laser perforation is a much more expensive version of perforation.
British Dictionary definitions for perforation


the act of perforating or the state of being perforated
a hole or holes made in something
  1. a method of making individual stamps, coupons, etc, easily separable by punching holes along their margins
  2. the holes punched in this way perf
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Word Origin and History for perforation
mid-15c., "action of perforating," from L.L. perforationem (nom. perforatio), from L. perforatus, pp. of perforare "bore or pierce through," from per- "through" + forare "to pierce" (see bore). Meaning "hole made through something" is recorded from 1540s.
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perforation in Medicine

perforation per·fo·ra·tion (pûr'fə-rā'shən)

  1. The act of perforating or the state of being perforated.

  2. An abnormal opening in a hollow organ or viscus, as one made by rupture or injury.

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