in·​ci·​sion | \ in-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce incision (audio) \

Definition of incision

1a : cut, gash specifically : a wound made especially in surgery by incising the body
b : a marginal notch (as in a leaf)
2 : an act of incising something
3 : the quality or state of being incisive

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Examples of incision in a Sentence

the surgeon made a thin incision with the scalpel
Recent Examples on the Web Some people have a genetic tendency to develop keloid scars, a painful, large scar that heals beyond the original incision or damage. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 An incision is made inside the mouth, so there are no visible scars. Marci Robin, Allure, 9 Feb. 2022 While most laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery involves at least three cuts to the abdomen, Kumar uses a technique and instrument that require only one point of entry — a 1- to 2-centimeter incision near the bellybutton. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Dec. 2021 The thin wires called catheters used to deliver the valve travel inside the femoral artery accessed with a small incision at the groin or, more recently, through a smaller artery in the arm. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 Wise went into the surgery expecting a six-inch incision to secure a rod to his bone. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2022 The lens is inserted through a 3 mm self-sealing incision where no stitches are needed. Hoopes Vision, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Feb. 2022 Different doctors employ different incision techniques but, in many cases, scars are minimal and barely invisible. Ahmed Zambarakji, Robb Report, 30 Dec. 2021 With a facelift, the surgeon makes an incision at the top sides of the face, then removes the loose, excess skin. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of incision

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 May 2022

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“Incision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for incision


in·​ci·​sion | \ in-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce incision (audio) \

Kids Definition of incision

: an act of cutting into something or the cut or wound that results


in·​ci·​sion | \ in-ˈsizh-ən How to pronounce incision (audio) \

Medical Definition of incision

1 : a cut or wound of body tissue made especially in surgery
2 : an act of incising something the surgeon's incision of the tissues

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