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[ri-sek-shuh n] /rɪˈsɛk ʃən/
Surveying. a technique of ascertaining the location of a point by taking bearings from the point on two other points of known location.
Surgery. the excision of all or part of an organ or tissue.
Origin of resection
1605-15; < Latin resectiōn- (stem of resectiō) a cutting off, trimming, equivalent to resect(us) (see resect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
resectional, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resection
  • There are small number of surgeons who thought neoplasm only cancer and clean surgical resection as treatment of lymphoma.
  • Large bowel resection is surgery to remove all or part of your large bowel.
  • Small bowel resection is surgery to remove part or all of your small bowel.
  • Long-term results of laparoscopic colorectal cancer resection.
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate may be necessary if antibiotic therapy is unsuccessful or the condition keeps returning.
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate may be done in rare cases if medical therapy is not successful.
  • resection is used to remove damaged sections of the bowel.
  • resection partial removal of an organ or other bodily structure.
  • resection of organs such as intestines involves reconnection.
British Dictionary definitions for resection


(surgery) excision of part of a bone, organ, or other part
(surveying) a method of fixing the position of a point by making angular observations to three fixed points
Derived Forms
resectional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for resection

1610s, from Latin resectionem (moninative resectio), noun of action from past participle stem of resecare "cut off, cut loose" (see resect). Surgical sense is from 1775.

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resection in Medicine

resection re·sec·tion (rĭ-sěk'shən)

  1. Surgical removal of part of an organ or a structure.

  2. Removal of the articular ends of one or both bones forming a joint.

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resection in Science
Surgical removal of all or part of an organ, tissue, or structure. A wedge resection is removal of a piece of tissue that is triangularly shaped.
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