[ik-strak-shuh n]

Origin of extraction

1375–1425; late Middle English extraccioun < Late Latin extractiōn- (stem of extractiō). See extract, -ion
Related formsnon·ex·trac·tion, nouno·ver·ex·trac·tion, nounpre·ex·trac·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for extractions


pl n
  1. the residue remaining after an oilseed has had the oil extracted by a solvent. Used as a feed for animalsgroundnut extractions Compare expellers


  1. the act of extracting or the condition of being extracted
  2. something extracted; an extract
    1. the act or an instance of extracting a tooth or teeth
    2. a tooth or teeth extracted
  3. origin, descent, lineage, or ancestryof German extraction
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Word Origin and History for extractions



early 15c., from Old French estraction (12c.) or directly from Medieval Latin extractionem (nominative extractio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin extrahere (see extract (v.)).

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extractions in Medicine


  1. The act of extracting or the condition of being extracted.
  2. Something obtained by extracting; an extract.
  3. The removal by withdrawing or pulling out of a tooth from its socket.
  4. Removal of a baby from the genital canal in assisted delivery.
  5. The active portion of a drug.
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