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cutdown

[kuht-doun]
noun
  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.
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adjective
  1. reduced in size.
  2. abridged or condensed: They televised a cutdown version of the movie.
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Origin of cutdown

First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase cut down
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cutdown

Historical Examples of cutdown

  • And what, specifically, did you do pursuant to the cutdown on his leg?

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • I believe he was in there and did the—he helped Dr. Curtis with the cutdown, the initial cutdown.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • After I had completed the cutdown, I went around to the right side of the patient and saw the head wound.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Will you describe in lay language what you mean by a cutdown in relationship to what they did in this case?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


cutdown in Medicine

cutdown

(kŭtdoun′)
n.
  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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