[ kuht-doun ]
/ ˈkʌtˌdaʊn /


reduction; decrease; diminution: a cutdown in sales.
Surgery. the incision of a superficial vein in order to effect direct insertion of a catheter.


reduced in size.
abridged or condensed: They televised a cutdown version of the movie.

Nearby words

  1. cutaway dive,
  2. cutback,
  3. cutbank,
  4. cutch,
  5. cutcherry,
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  7. cute as a button,
  8. cutely,
  9. cutesy,
  10. cutesy pie

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. 2019

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Medicine definitions for cutdown


[ kŭtdoun′ ]


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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