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[ek-sizh-uh n, ik-]
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  1. the act of removal; an excising.
  2. Surgery. the surgical removal of a foreign body or of tissue.
  3. excommunication.
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Origin of excision

1480–90; < Latin excīsiōn- (stem of excīsiō) a cutting out. See excise2, -ion
Related formsex·ci·sion·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • After excision a mixture of water and vinegar should be kept in the mouth for some time.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • His description of the excision is rather clear and detailed.

  • The Phrygian practice of excision was regarded, probably, as a sacrifice.

  • It is to be regretted that no one suggested the excision of sections xix.-xxi.

  • The excision made no difference to me, but a great deal of difference to him.

Word Origin and History for excision


late 15c., from Middle French excision (14c.) and directly from Latin excisionem (nominative excisio), noun of action from past participle stem of excidere (see excise (v.)).

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excision in Medicine


  1. Surgical removal by cutting, as of a tumor or a portion of a structure or organ.exsection
  2. A recombination event in which a genetic element is removed.
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