avul·​sion | \ ə-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce avulsion (audio) \

Definition of avulsion

: a forcible separation or detachment: such as
a : a tearing away of a body part accidentally or surgically
b : a sudden cutting off of land by flood, currents, or change in course of a body of water especially : one separating land from one person's property and joining it to another's

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Cisneros also suffered an avulsion fracture of his ankle, which remains bruised and swollen. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "At 72, former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is unbowed by paragliding mishap," 27 July 2019 Granted, the early-season avulsion fracture of his left index finger hasn’t exactly helped his reacclimation at first base. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies can’t afford defense to be a question mark heading into second half of season," 5 July 2019 Walker, 27, was called up earlier this week after outfielder A.J. Pollock was placed on the DL following his diagnosis of an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks activate third baseman Jake Lamb for Friday's game," 18 May 2018 The avulsion injury — where a chunk of bone breaks off its larger piece — caused him to miss the world championships. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Figure Skater Nathan Chen on Going for Olympic Gold: 'I’ve Worked My Entire Life for This'," 7 Jan. 2018 Mallory suffered an avulsion fracture, nothing with long-term effects, but enough for him to initially be ruled out for the entire season. David Wilson Diehards, ajc, "Miami recruiting: Hurricanes finally offer local 4-star DE Andrew Chatfield," 3 Nov. 2017 Some cases will have an avulsion fracture where the muscle pulls off a bit of the bone it was attached to. SI.com, "Injury Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About Sadio Mane’s Hamstring in 1 Minute," 17 Oct. 2017 Goodale had the role of a victim with an eye avulsion. Junette Reyes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mock disaster puts EMS students at the front lines," 26 May 2017 That July, Fallon suffered a grueling ring avulsion after tripping and falling on a rug in his home. Yohana Desta, VanityFair.com, "Ellen DeGeneres Explains How a Wine-Fueled Mishap Landed Her in the Hospital," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of avulsion

1622, in the meaning defined above

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avul·​sion | \ ə-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce avulsion (audio) \

Medical Definition of avulsion

: a tearing away of a body part accidentally or surgically avulsion of the fingernail


avul·​sion | \ ə-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce avulsion (audio) \

Legal Definition of avulsion

: a sudden cutting off of land by flood or change in the course of a body of water especially : one that separates a portion from one person's property and joins it to the property of another — compare accretion

History and Etymology for avulsion

Latin avulsio act of tearing away, from avellere to tear away, from a- off, away + vellere to pull, pluck

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to make a temporary encampment

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