[lip-uh-suhk-shuh n, lahy-puh‐]
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  1. the surgical withdrawal of excess fat from local areas under the skin by means of a small incision and vacuum suctioning.

Origin of liposuction

First recorded in 1985–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a cosmetic surgical operation in which subcutaneous fat is removed from the body by suction
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Word Origin and History for liposuction

1983, from Greek lipos "fat" (see lipo-) + suction (n.).

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