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verb (used with object), in·cised, in·cis·ing.
  1. to cut into; cut marks, figures, etc., upon.
  2. to make (marks, figures, etc.) by cutting; engrave; carve.
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Origin of incise

1535–45; < Latin incīsus past participle of incīdere to carve, cut into, equivalent to in- in-2 + cīd- cut + -tus past participle suffix, with -dt- > -s-
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Historical Examples

  • Incise and curet the wound and apply one of the wet dressings.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • But the old meaning of "write" is to incise, or to cut, or engrave.

  • He says some people burn them medicinis acutis (touching with acids, as some do even yet), and some incise them with a knife.

  • Incise the principal lines with a V tool, or, according to its size, small gouges may be used.

    A Manual of Wood Carving

    Charles G. Leland

  • The usual plan is to prick or incise each lesion and press out the contents.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

British Dictionary definitions for incise


  1. (tr) to produce (lines, a design, etc) by cutting into the surface of (something) with a sharp tool
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin incīdere to cut into, from in- ² + caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for incise


1540s, from French inciser (15c.), from Old French enciser (12c.), from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere "to cut into, cut through" (see incision). Related: Incised; incising.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

incise in Medicine


  1. To cut into with a sharp instrument.
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