healing by first intention
noun Surgery, Medicine/Medical.
See under intention(def 6).
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Definition for healing by first intention (2 of 2)
[ in-ten-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn ʃən /
an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
the end or object intended; purpose.
- purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: a bungler with good intentions.
- purpose or attitude with respect to marriage: Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.
the act or fact of intending.
- Also called first intention, primary intention. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
- Also called second intention, secondary intention. reference to properties, classes, or the relationships among first intentions.
Surgery, Medicine/Medical. a manner or process of healing, as in the healing of a lesion or fracture without granulation (healing by first intention) or the healing of a wound by granulation after suppuration (healing by second intention).
meaning or significance: The intention of his words was clear.
the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.
Origin of intention
SYNONYMS FOR intention
2 goal. Intention, intent, purpose all refer to a wish that one means to carry out. Intention is the general word: His intention is good. Intent is chiefly legal or literary: attack with intent to kill. Purpose implies having a goal or determination to achieve something: Her strong sense of purpose is reflected in her studies.
Related formsin·ten·tion·less, adjectivemis·in·ten·tion, nounpre·in·ten·tion, nounsub·in·ten·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for healing by first intention
/ (ɪnˈtɛnʃən) /
a purpose or goal; aimit is his intention to reform
law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
med a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue
(usually plural) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
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Medicine definitions for healing by first intention (1 of 2)
healing by first intention
[ hē′lĭng ]
Healing by fibrous adhesion, without suppuration or formation of granulation tissue.primary adhesion primary union
Medicine definitions for healing by first intention (2 of 2)
[ ĭn-tĕn′shən ]
An aim that guides action.
The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
Related formsin•ten′tion•al adj.
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