healing by second intention
noun Surgery, Medicine/Medical.
See under intention(def 6).
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Definition for healing by second 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 second 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 second intention (1 of 2)
healing by second intention
Union of two granulating surfaces accompanied by suppuration and delayed closure.secondary adhesion secondary union
Medicine definitions for healing by second 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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