ex·​ci·​sion ik-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce excision (audio)
: the act or procedure of removing by or as if by cutting out
especially : surgical removal or resection
excisional adjective

Examples of excision in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liposuction—a procedure that removes fatty tissue—could also be performed along with skin excision procedures.8 These procedures can be pricey and often aren't covered by insurance. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 2 Nov. 2023 On Friday, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum, 42, explained in an Instagram post that after her latest diagnosis, her doctor had given her the choice to undergo another excision surgery or try a less-invasive treatment option. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 Common surgeries for skin excision focus on:8 The abdominal area—abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck The upper arms—brachioplasty, or arm lift Thighs Breasts or chests—for all genders Face Neck Some patients opt for a full lower body lift. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 2 Nov. 2023 But the logic, the strict excision of anything that might compromise the show, is exactly the same. Rory Smith, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Though many obstetricians pushed against Aitken’s arguments for the use of the chainsaw when facing complications in childbirth, the Scottish Medical Journal reports Jeffray’s ideas for its use in the excision of joints became accepted, especially when paired with anesthesia. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2023 The audience would not need the repetition of this; the audience will be excited by the excision of that. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 Creating a compelling and coherent reading experience at that length demands a certain level of editorial intervention; for example, the excision of story lines and subplots that may fit perfectly in the longer novel but that don’t pay off (or even make sense) within an excerpt. Adam Sternbergh, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2020 The injuries can worsen and sustain enough cumulative trauma to the point of needing surgical excision or amputation. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2011 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of excision was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Excision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excision. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ex·​ci·​sion ik-ˈsizh-ən How to pronounce excision (audio)
: surgical removal or resection (as of a diseased part)
excisional adjective

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