incision

[ in-sizh-uh n ]
/ ɪnˈsɪʒ ən /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. incisal guide angle,
  2. incise,
  3. incised,
  4. incised wound,
  5. incisiform,
  6. incision biopsy,
  7. incisional hernia,
  8. incisive,
  9. incisive bone,
  10. incisive canal

Origin of incision

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

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British Dictionary definitions for incision

incision

/ (ɪnˈsɪʒən) /

noun

the act of incising
a cut, gash, or notch
a cut made with a knife during a surgical operation
any indentation in an incised leaf
rare incisiveness
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Word Origin and History for incision

incision

n.

late 14c., "a cutting made in surgery," from Old French incision (13c.) and directly from Latin incisionem (nominative incisio) "a cutting into," noun of action from past participle stem of incidere "to cut in," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + -cidere, comb. form of caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Meaning "act of cutting into" is from early 15c.

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Medicine definitions for incision

incision

[ ĭn-sĭzhən ]

n.

A cut into a body tissue or organ, especially one made during surgery.
The scar resulting from such a cut.

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