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[in-sizh-uh n] /ɪnˈsɪʒ ən/
a cut, gash, or notch.
the act of incising.
a cutting into, especially for surgical purposes.
incisiveness; keenness.
Origin of incision
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin incīsiōn- (stem of incīsiō). See incise, -ion Unabridged
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  • It is not necessary to sew up this incision in a long feathered specimen.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • The surgeon proceeded with the incision—as long as he was able.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • The amputation, the incision, the probing had to be done then and there, on the instant.

    Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • At first I made an incision into the skin, after the manner of surgeons when amputating a limb.

    The Severed Hand Wilhelm Hauff
  • They may be operated on by means of incision or extirpation.

  • He rejects opening of the head by an incision because of the danger of it.

  • Allowance must be made for this projection in commencing the incision.

  • The incision is to stop at least half-an-inch below the internal malleolus.

British Dictionary definitions for incision


the act of incising
a cut, gash, or notch
a cut made with a knife during a surgical operation
any indentation in an incised leaf
(rare) incisiveness
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Word Origin and History for incision

late 14c., "a cutting made in surgery," from Old French incision (13c.) and directly from Latin incisionem (nominative incisio) "a cutting into," noun of action from past participle stem of incidere "to cut in," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + -cidere, comb. form of caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Meaning "act of cutting into" is from early 15c.

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incision in Medicine

incision in·ci·sion (ĭn-sĭzh'ən)

  1. A cut into a body tissue or organ, especially one made during surgery.

  2. The scar resulting from such a cut.

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