deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deletion

1 : the act of deleting
2a : something deleted
b(1) : the absence of a section of genetic material from a gene or chromosome
(2) : the mutational process that results in a deletion

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Examples of deletion in a Sentence

one of the deletions from the final cut of the movie turned out to be my one line of dialogue
Recent Examples on the Web Drosten notes that the new mutant also carries a deletion in another viral gene, ORF8, that previous studies suggest might reduce the virus’s ability to spread. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms but its importance remains unclear," 20 Dec. 2020 In court papers, prosecutors said a Facebook live video taken by Ryan – that was captured prior to deletion and reposted to YouTube – shows her entering the Capitol building via the Rotunda entrance. NBC News, "Texas realtor on Capitol riot: 'I'm glad I was there'," 18 Jan. 2021 Daniels said the page’s deletion seemed to coincide with the blanket social media crackdown following last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "NAACP Garland’s Facebook page removed days before MLK celebration," 15 Jan. 2021 For instance, the cofounders have noticed that articles developed at Edit-a-thons about notable Black artists are sometimes fast-tracked for deletion by anonymous users. Stephen Harrison, Wired, "Wikipedia Is Basically a Massive RPG," 15 Jan. 2021 In lab experiments, Gupta found that lentivirus engineered to carry the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein with this deletion was twice as infectious. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "U.K. variant puts spotlight on immunocompromised patients’ role in the COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Dec. 2020 Flagging a negative comment for deletion earns them 40 cents. Paul Mozur, ProPublica, "Leaked Documents Show How China’s Army of Paid Internet Trolls Helped Censor the Coronavirus," 20 Dec. 2020 Now David Vladeck, a former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and a law professor at Georgetown, says Monday’s settlement is consistent with prior ones that required deletion of data. Tom Simonite, Wired, "A Startup Will Nix Algorithms Built on Ill-Gotten Facial Data," 12 Jan. 2021 One is 69-70del, a deletion that Gupta also found in his Cambridge, U.K., patient whose virus seemed to evade the immune system. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "U.K. variant puts spotlight on immunocompromised patients’ role in the COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of deletion

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deletion

Latin deletion-, deletio destruction, from delēre

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The first known use of deletion was in 1590

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24 Feb 2021

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“Deletion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deletion. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) \

Kids Definition of deletion

1 : an act of taking out The deletion of the file was a mistake.
2 : something taken out

deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) \

Medical Definition of deletion

1 : the absence of a section of genetic material from a gene or chromosome
2 : the mutational process that results in a deletion

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