extraction

noun ex·trac·tion \ ik-ˈstrak-shən \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of extraction

1 : the act or process of extracting something
2 : ancestry, origin
  • a family of French extraction
3 : something extracted

Examples of extraction in a Sentence

  1. tooth extractions and other dental procedures

  2. the extraction of teeth by dentists

  3. the extraction of juices from plant matter

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First Known Use of extraction

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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EXTRACTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of extraction for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

extraction

noun ex·trac·tion \ ik-ˈstrak-shən \

Definition of extraction for Students

1 : the act of pulling out
  • the extraction of a tooth
2 : origin 2, descent
  • of French extraction

Medical Dictionary

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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