- reduction; decrease; diminution: a cutdown in sales.
- Surgery. the incision of a superficial vein in order to effect direct insertion of a catheter.
- reduced in size.
- abridged or condensed: They televised a cutdown version of the movie.
Origin of cutdown
First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase cut down
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Examples from the Web for cutdown
And what, specifically, did you do pursuant to the cutdown on his leg?
I believe he was in there and did the—he helped Dr. Curtis with the cutdown, the initial cutdown.
After I had completed the cutdown, I went around to the right side of the patient and saw the head wound.
Will you describe in lay language what you mean by a cutdown in relationship to what they did in this case?Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)
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- The incision of a vein to facilitate the insertion of a cannula or needle, as for the administration of intravenous medication.venostomy
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