abrasion

noun abra·sion \ ə-ˈbrā-zhən \

Definition of abrasion

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

Examples of abrasion in a Sentence

  1. abrasion of rocks by wind and water

  2. walked away from the auto accident with only minor abrasions

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Origin and Etymology of abrasion

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

abrasion Synonyms

Synonyms
bruise, graze, scrape
Related Words
bedsore, gall

ABRASION Defined for English Language Learners

abrasion

noun

Definition of abrasion for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

abrasion

noun abra·sion \ ə-ˈbrā-zhən \

medical Definition of abrasion

1 :wearing, grinding, or rubbing away by friction
2 a :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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