ex·​ci·​sion | \ ik-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce excision (audio) \

Definition of excision

: the act or procedure of removing by or as if by cutting out especially : surgical removal or resection

Other Words from excision

excisional \ ik-​ˈsizh-​nəl How to pronounce excision (audio) , -​ˈsi-​zhə-​nəl \ adjective

Examples of excision in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2021, Sophia finally had excision surgery (an operation to cut out all the visible endometriotic tissue) on the NHS following the results of her private scan. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 4 Apr. 2022 What was to be a 30-minute procedure to remove the fibroid that was believed to be the culprit of my woes at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago turned into a seven-hour deep-excision surgery to remove as much endometriosis as possible. Essence, 14 Mar. 2019 While not a novel treatment option, cryoablation seeks to be a promising alternative to surgical excision across a wide range of applications, including lung, breast, kidney and liver cancers. Tlalit Bussi Tel Tzure, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 McIntosh continued that surgeons sometimes asked pathologists to accompany them in the O.R., especially when removing a tumor, so the pathologist could weigh in on how radical the excision needed to be. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 23 Dec. 2021 Doctors may have a strong preference to perform surgical excision for cancer as this is considered to be the clinical gold standard. Tlalit Bussi Tel Tzure, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Liposuction of the area or direct surgical excision is an excellent treatment to reduce the area. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2021 Wide excision surgery is generally able to be done in the doctor's office, says Dr. Ravi-Jeyamohan. Seraphina Seow, Health.com, 23 June 2021 For larger or deeper moles, the dermatologist will perform an excision using a scalpel to remove a small ellipse of mole and skin tissue, says Dr. Moshiri. Seraphina Seow, Health.com, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of excision

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excision

Middle French, from Latin excision-, excisio, from excidere

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ex·​ci·​sion | \ ik-ˈsizh-ən How to pronounce excision (audio) \

Medical Definition of excision

: surgical removal or resection (as of a diseased part)

Other Words from excision

excisional \ -​ˈsizh-​nəl, -​ᵊn-​əl How to pronounce excision (audio) \ adjective

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