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

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Other Words from excision

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Even with treatment like laparoscopic excision of endo lesions, endometriosis symptoms can linger. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What Exactly Are the Stages of Endometriosis?," 25 Sep. 2019 Gyno #1 recommended a surgeon to perform the excision and sent me on my way. Kelly Mccreary, Glamour, "Kelly McCreary: ‘This Is My First Year of Living Without Fibroid Pain’," 27 Mar. 2020 Agrippina’s excision of Seneca is noticeable and significant, as McVicar seems to have understood. James Romm, The New York Review of Books, "The Winking Satire of ‘Agrippina’," 1 Mar. 2020 McVicar tops off the Met production with an excision of his own. James Romm, The New York Review of Books, "The Winking Satire of ‘Agrippina’," 1 Mar. 2020 The gold standard in terms of actually removing lesions (rather than solely managing symptoms) is laparoscopic excision surgery, but surgeons can miss some of the wayward tissue or new lesions can grow back over time. Bizzy Whiting, SELF, "9 Things No One Tells You About Living With Endometriosis," 2 Dec. 2019 The stages of endometriosis There are a couple of different ways experts stage or categorize endometriosis during diagnosis or excision. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What Exactly Are the Stages of Endometriosis?," 25 Sep. 2019 Third, the excision of the children of the undocumented is at odds not just with the original understanding of the 14th Amendment. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The faulty legal logic behind Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal.," 31 Oct. 2018 The accusations against pedophile priests had been appearing in the Globe for decades, but only as rare incidents of abuse meriting a few buried column inches, not a widespread cancer demanding excision. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Review: 'Spotlight' Explores the Sins of the Fathers," 8 Oct. 2015

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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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The first known use of excision was in 1541

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26 Apr 2020

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“Excision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excision. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 excisional (audio) \ adjective

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