abrasion

noun
abra·​sion | \ ə-ˈbrā-zhən How to pronounce abrasion (audio) \

Definition of abrasion

1a : a wearing, grinding, or rubbing away by friction
2 : an abraded area of the skin or mucous membrane

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Examples of abrasion in a Sentence

abrasion of rocks by wind and water walked away from the auto accident with only minor abrasions
Recent Examples on the Web After decades of high-speed trash abrasion, and flooding from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the pipes are starting to wear out and rot. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "City garbage collection is finally getting the disruption it deserves," 30 Sep. 2020 Paul's face mask is pulled down to reveal an abrasion on his chin. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Picture of 'Black Lives Matter protesters' attacking a white man is misleading," 18 Sep. 2020 Numerous dermatologists have confirmed that face masks do not cause staph infections, and are no more likely to lead to an abrasion on the skin that could allow bacteria to enter than any other clothing. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Staph infections are common and aren't caused by face masks," 19 Sep. 2020 Friedman agreed that masks do not cause staph infections, and are no more likely to lead to an injury or abrasion to the skin that could allow for infection. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Staph infections are common and aren't caused by face masks," 19 Sep. 2020 The bag comes in black and jet gray, has ergonomically shaped straps, is water resistant, has an abrasion-resistant bottom panel, a laptop sleeve and a valuables pocket. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Under Armour drop new Project Rock gear," 15 Sep. 2020 For additional help in selecting an appropriate product, consult the laminate abrasion class (AC) rating system, which was created in 1994 to help customers understand a certain product’s durability. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Laminate," 14 Sep. 2020 The report said Reed was transported to the hospital for an abrasion on his head. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Florida deputy on leave after video shows him grabbing Black teen by the throat at juvenile assessment center," 8 Sep. 2020 Other damage to the statue has included surface abrasion from cleaning and breakage on the figure’s arms and feet. Fox News, "Louisville removes statue of King Louis XVI over ‘safety concerns’ following months of protests," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of abrasion

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for abrasion

borrowed from Medieval Latin abrāsiōn-, abrāsiō, from Latin abrādere "to scrape off" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at abrade

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The first known use of abrasion was circa 1550

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abrasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abrasion. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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abrasion

noun
How to pronounce abrasion (audio)

English Language Learners 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

abrasion

noun
abra·​sion | \ ə-ˈbrā-zhən How to pronounce abrasion (audio) \

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 abraded
b : the mechanical wearing away of the tooth surfaces by chewing

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