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

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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 Surgical biopsy: This form of biopsy involves removing either a portion of your mass (this is called an incisional biopsy) or the entire thing (known as excisional biopsy, wide local excision, or lumpectomy), according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Helpful Things to Know About Getting a Breast Biopsy Before It Happens," 27 June 2018 In rare situations, some insurance companies cover excision of a painful keloid scar resulting from earlobe repair, Dr. Giordano says, adding that this is uncommon and only happens if your body doesn’t react well to the repair in the first place. Talia Abbas, SELF, "So, You Ripped a Hole in Your Earlobe—Here's How to Fix It," 1 May 2018 The seriousness of Hamon's rejection required a complete excision of his face in November. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Man's second face transplant is a world first," 17 Apr. 2018 The procedure would have involved temporary surgical removal of part of the frontal bone of the skull and excision of the bone tumor to close the leak that was sending air into the brain. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Doctors find air pocket hidden in man's brain," 13 Mar. 2018 In perhaps his first architectural excision, Matta-Clark tore out the storefront’s walls to achieve an open-plan kitchen and exhibited one of the fragments as a sculpture at 112 Greene Street. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Back in the Bronx: Gordon Matta-Clark, Rogue Sculptor," 11 Jan. 2018 Between 1965 and 1970, the Mass underwent not just a precise, minor excision or addition here or there, as in the past. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "All Americans Are a Little Italian, Christians Are Spiritually Jewish," 21 Sep. 2017

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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 excisional (audio) \ adjective

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