- a tearing away.
- Law. the sudden removal of soil by change in a river's course or by a flood, from the land of one owner to that of another.
- a part torn off.
Origin of avulsion
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Examples from the Web for avulsion
By a quick movement of avulsion the tumour is then torn from its attachment.
Avulsion of the tuberosity of the tibia occasionally occurs in youths, from violent contraction of the quadriceps—as in jumping.
Avulsion is usually not complete and only results in a larger iridectomy than was intended.
The growth should not be cut through, as it is wiser to pluck it from its attachment by a quick movement of avulsion.
If the nails are affected, avulsion will probably be needed before the disease can be reached.
- a forcible tearing away or separation of a bodily structure or part, either as the result of injury or as an intentional surgical procedure
- law the sudden removal of soil from one person's land to that of another, as by flooding
C17: from Latin āvulsiō, from āvellere to pluck away, from vellere to pull, pluck
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- The forcible tearing away of a body part by trauma or surgery.
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