avulsion

noun
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

Examples of avulsion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The force of the rollercoaster caused an avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery, Shuck said, per 14 News. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2021 Coyle is recovering from mid-June surgery to repair an avulsion fracture in his left kneecap and a small tear of the patellar tendon, according to his agent, Bob Norton. BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2021 The official cause of death was listed as exsanguination and avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery, Schuck said in a media release obtained by the Indy Star. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2021 The forward suffered an avulsion fracture in his right knee involving the right patella tendon on May 16 in Chicago. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2021 When the Stars returned to play in mid-February, Roope Hintz began missing games more consistently due to an avulsion injury in his left groin. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 The team announced Thursday that an MRI on Oubre’s left wrist reconfirmed a small avulsion fracture and ligament tear that won’t require surgery, but won’t even be re-evaluated again until late next week. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2021 Turner played through an avulsion fracture on his dominant hand (right) earlier this season. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2021 Pacers center Myles Turner, a 2014 Euless Trinity graduate, is questionable to play Wednesday night against the Mavericks because of an avulsion fracture in his right hand, according to the NBA’s injury report Tuesday. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of avulsion

1622, in the meaning defined above

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“Avulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avulsion. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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avulsion

noun
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

avulsion

noun
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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