1. reduction; decrease; diminution: a cutdown in sales.
  2. Surgery. the incision of a superficial vein in order to effect direct insertion of a catheter.
  1. reduced in size.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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cutdown in Medicine


  1. 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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