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avulse

[ uh-vuhls ]
/ əˈvʌls /
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verb (used with object), a·vulsed, a·vuls·ing.
to pull off or tear away forcibly: to avulse a ligament.
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Origin of avulse

1755–65; <Latin āvulsus, past participle of āvellere to pluck off, tear away, equivalent to ā-a-4 + vul-, past participle stem of vellere to forcibly pull, pluck + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
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