avulsion

noun avul·sion \ ə-ˈvəl-shən \

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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First Known Use of avulsion

1622


Medical Dictionary

avulsion

noun avul·sion \ ə-ˈvəl-shən \

medical Definition of avulsion

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

Law Dictionary

avulsion

noun avul·sion \ ə-ˈvəl-shən \

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

Origin and Etymology of avulsion

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


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