Simple Definition of abrasion
: an injury caused by something that rubs or scrapes against the skin
: the act or process of damaging or wearing away something by rubbing, grinding, or scraping
Examples of abrasion
abrasion of rocks by wind and water
<walked away from the auto accident with only minor abrasions>
Origin of abrasion
Medieval Latin abrasion-, abrasio, from Latin abradere
First Known Use: 1554
Medical Definition of abrasion
1: wearing, grinding, or rubbing away by friction
2a: the rubbing or scraping of the surface layer of cells or tissue from an area of the skin or mucous membrane; also : a place so abradedb: the mechanical wearing away of the tooth surfaces by chewing
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