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verb (used with object) Surgery.
  1. to do a resection on.
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Origin of resect

1535–45; < Latin resectus past participle of resecāre to cut back, sever at the base, equivalent to re- re- + sec(āre) to cut + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Words for resect

expunge, edit, exterminate, eradicate, trim, cut, gut, elide, launder, erase, extirpate, slash, amputate, strike, destroy, extract, resect, exscind, exsect

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British Dictionary definitions for resect


  1. (tr) surgery to cut out part of (a bone, an organ, or other structure or part)
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Word Origin for resect

C17: from Latin resecāre to cut away, from re- + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for resect


1650s, from Latin resectus, past participle of resecare "to cut off, cut loose, curtail," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Surgical sense is from 1846. Related: Resected; resecting.

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resect in Medicine


  1. To perform a resection on a part of the body.
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