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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut across; dissect transversely.
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Origin of transect

1625–35; tran(s)- + Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever (see section)
Related formstran·sec·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • A transection, showing the dorsal and ventral mesogastrium at the level of the fundus of the stomach, is given in Fig. 298.

    The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity

    George. S. Huntington

  • Transection: a cut across, at right angles to the body: transverse section.

British Dictionary definitions for transection


verb (trænˈsɛkt)
  1. (tr) to cut or divide crossways
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noun (ˈtrænsɛkt)
  1. a sample strip of land used to monitor plant distribution, animal populations, etc, within a given area
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Derived Formstransection, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin trans- + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for transection



"to cut across," 1630s, from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + sectus, past participle of secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).

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transection in Medicine


  1. A cross section along a long axis.
  2. Division by cutting across.
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