deletion

noun

de·​le·​tion di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio)
dē-
1
: the act of deleting
2
a
: 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

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 And the whale cells did a much better job at fixing the DNA accurately—the human, cow and mouse cells were often sloppy with repairs, making incorrect additions or deletions to the DNA sequence. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023 Check out my story on Drive’s deletion bug here for more details. Janhoi McGregor, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Before the deletion, the document said Cybertruck buyers had to offer the car back to Tesla before any attempt to resell the vehicle within one year of delivery. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2023 Artists who have tried to use Meta’s data deletion request form have learned this the hard way and have been deeply frustrated with the process. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2023 The password manager lacks advanced features, and there's no secure deletion utility to prevent forensic investigators from recovering the unencrypted originals of your sensitive files. PCMAG, 22 Jan. 2024 Business Google accounts are out of scope as far as this deletion policy is concerned, as are educational ones. Davey Winder, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Google has since started emailing affected users saying accounts will be eligible for deletion from December 1st. Jon Porter, The Verge, 28 Nov. 2023 Prior to the channel’s deletion in early 2023, Franke was well known for her controversial parenting techniques, which advocated for strict leadership to her 2.3 million subscribers. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin deletion-, deletio destruction, from delēre

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deletion was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Deletion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deletion. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

deletion

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