ex·​trac·​tion | \ ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce extraction (audio) \

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

tooth extractions and other dental procedures the extraction of teeth by dentists the extraction of juices from plant matter
Recent Examples on the Web Cobalt extraction is the largest source of DRC’s export income, and the country accounted for more than two-thirds of global cobalt production in 2021. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 So, for purity and potency, CO2 extraction is the way to go. Michael Wright | For Cbdfx, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Renewable energy comes from finite resources, at least in terms of what’s available on Earth, though resource extraction from space is an increasingly common discussion. Shel Evergreen, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 The policy’s legacy is being challenged in Alaska, where resource extraction is a key driver of the state’s politics. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 The beetle’s habitat is dependent upon a steady flow of water from the springs that feed the river, and as development soars in Central Texas, over-extraction from the aquifer is the slippery bug’s No. 1 threat. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Jan. 2022 Direct lithium extraction from geothermal brines is an untested business model, however. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 If Turkey, or any other country, succeeds in upsizing the extraction of rare earth-laden minerals, that still leaves the question of where they will be processed. Wired, 14 July 2022 Attorney Adam Voskuil said the extraction of data should be complete by the end of September. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extraction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraction. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for extraction


ex·​trac·​tion | \ ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce extraction (audio) \

Kids Definition of extraction

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


ex·​trac·​tion | \ ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce extraction (audio) \

Medical Definition of extraction

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

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