[ uh-vuhl-shuh n ]
/ əˈvʌl ʃən /


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

1615–25; < Latin āvulsiōn- (stem of āvulsiō), equivalent to āvuls(us) torn off (see avulse) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for avulsion

/ (əˈvʌlʃən) /


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

Word Origin for avulsion

C17: from Latin āvulsiō, from āvellere to pluck away, from vellere to pull, pluck
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Medicine definitions for avulsion

[ ə-vŭlshən ]


The forcible tearing away of a body part by trauma or surgery.
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