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[ in-sizh-uhn ]


  1. a cut, gash, or notch.
  2. the act of incising.
  3. a cutting into, especially for surgical purposes.
  4. incisiveness; keenness.


/ ɪnˈsɪʒən /


  1. the act of incising
  2. a cut, gash, or notch
  3. a cut made with a knife during a surgical operation
  4. any indentation in an incised leaf
  5. rare.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of incision1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin incīsiōn- (stem of incīsiō ). See incise, -ion

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Example Sentences

They must visualize pathways and know where in the body to make an incision before they see their patient on the table.

A precursor to vaccination, inoculation was the direct insertion of pus taken from a smallpox victim into a slight incision on the arm of a healthy person.

Neuralink’s approach would require a physical incision to implant a chip in your brain.

From Ozy

At the moment, Lester’s biggest worry is the incision scar opening while he’s pitching.

That interruption is one of many strong vertical elements in these paintings, but this one is scored with horizontal incisions that suggest the flickering lines that inspired the show’s title — and recall Cortina’s other career.

Slow at first, then steadily, a stream of liquid drips off the incision.

A new procedure for hysterectomies, done via robotic arm via a single incision, results in no scarring and little downtime.

They made a second, shorter incision at the end of the first one.

You have to use the electric scalpel and make a shaky incision on purpose, because palm lines are never completely straight.

That type of incision is rarely performed on large breasts, according to Levine.

The wound after probing looked sufficiently like an ordinary incision to deceive any one.

Lane put his hand into the abdominal incision and squeezed the heart through the diaphragm.

With one incision Balsamo separated the vertebral column a couple of inches from the brain, and opened a yawning gash.

They may be operated on by means of incision or extirpation.

He rejects opening of the head by an incision because of the danger of it.


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More About Incision

What does incision mean?

An incision is a cut made into the body during surgery.

Traditionally, incisions are made with surgical instruments like scalpels. However, they can also be made with lasers or robotic tools. Sometimes, incision refers to the scar resulting from such a cut.

Incision is the noun form of the verb incise, meaning to cut into. The noun form incision is more commonly used.

More generally, incision can refer to any cut or gash, but it is primarily used to refer to surgical incisions.

Example: The surgeon explained that she would need to make three small incisions in my abdomen in order to remove my appendix.

Where does incision come from?

The first records of the word incision come from the 1300s. Incision is the noun form of incise, which derives from the Latin verb incīdere, meaning “to carve” or “to cut into.”

Steady-handed surgeons make incisions with scalpels, lasers, or robotic tools. Some incisions are made for the purpose of exploratory surgery, which typically involves trying to diagnose what may be wrong with a certain body part. In most cases, though, incisions are made so that a body part can be repaired or removed. Sometimes, incisions are very small, such as in a laparoscopic appendectomy (a procedure to remove the appendix that uses a tool called a laparoscope). Other procedures require incisions that are quite big, such as in a cesarean section. Hopefully you won’t need any, but if you do, may all your incisions be done with precision!

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The word incision is most commonly used in a technical way in the context of surgery.



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Is incision used correctly in the following sentence?

I’d rather have three small incisions than one long one.