extraction

noun
ex·trac·tion | \ik-ˈstrak-shən \

Definition of extraction 

1 : the act or process of extracting something

2 : ancestry, origin a family of French extraction

3 : something extracted

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Examples of extraction in a Sentence

tooth extractions and other dental procedures the extraction of teeth by dentists the extraction of juices from plant matter
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Louisiana firefighters perform 'kitten extraction' in video. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: US to officially open Jerusalem embassy; Hawaii's new volcanic fissures spark more evacuations," 14 May 2018 But the days since have been a rollercoaster of hope and anxiety as authorities weighed extraction plans, each uniquely perilous. Time, "Divers Begin Rescue Operation to Free 12 Boys and Their Soccer Coach Trapped in a Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Late Friday, Thai officials were still trying to come up with a workable extraction plan for the group trapped for nearly two weeks deep inside the cavern, stoking fears that all available options remain too risky. Shibani Mahtani, chicagotribune.com, "Cave rescue stalls as death of Thai diver underscores perils," 7 July 2018 An extraction would require divers to swim 6 miles against powerful currents in dirty, muddied conditions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-SEAL Diver Dies in Thai Cave Rescue Attempt," 6 July 2018 Compounding the flooding, land is slowly sinking, mostly for geological reasons, though groundwater extraction and development also contribute. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "New Jersey is getting hotter faster than most of the U.S. Get ready to move to higher ground," 18 June 2018 On Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., people 18 and older without the resources to obtain dental care have the opportunity to receive their choice of either a complimentary filling, cleaning or extraction at Atascocita Dental. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Atacocita dentist offers day of free dental care for people in need," 11 Jan. 2018 Our understanding of microbiomes has made great advances in the 21st century thanks in part to the large and continuous volume of data generated by advances in DNA extraction, genetic sequencing and computing technologies. Helen Bynum, WSJ, "‘Microbia’ Review: The Many Tiny Worlds Among Us," 12 July 2018 My diagnosis was followed by extractions, titanium implants in my jaw, installation of porcelain teeth on the implants, bone grafts, a series of gum surgeries -- and that was just the beginning. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of extraction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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extraction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extraction

: the act or process of getting something by pulling it out, forcing it out, etc. : the act of extracting something

—used after of to describe the origin of a person or family

extraction

noun
ex·trac·tion | \ik-ˈstrak-shən \

Kids Definition of extraction

1 : the act of pulling out the extraction of a tooth

2 : origin sense 2, descent of French extraction

extraction

noun
ex·trac·tion | \ik-ˈstrak-shən \

Medical Definition of extraction 

: the act or process of extracting something extraction of a tooth

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