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[dih-vuhl-shuh n, dahy-]
noun Surgery.
  1. a tearing apart; violent separation.
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Origin of divulsion

1595–1605; < Latin dīvulsiōn- (stem of dīvulsiō), equivalent to dīvuls(us) (see divulse) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsdi·vul·sive [dih-vuhl-siv] /dɪˈvʌl sɪv/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for divulsion

Historical Examples of divulsion

  • Divulsion, di-vul′shun, n. act of pulling or rending asunder or away.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • That sweet Federation was of last year; this sour Divulsion is the self-same substance, only older by the appointed days.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Aristotle in his Ethicks takes up the conceit of the Bever, and the divulsion of his Testicles.

British Dictionary definitions for divulsion


  1. a tearing or pulling apart
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Derived Formsdivulsive, adjective

Word Origin for divulsion

C17: from Latin dīvulsiō, from dīvulsus torn apart, from dīvellere to rend, from di- ² + vellere to pull
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divulsion in Medicine


  1. The removal of a part by tearing.
  2. The forcible dilation of the walls of a cavity or canal.
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