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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Synonyms for incision


gash, laceration, rent, rip, slash, slit, tear

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Examples of incision in a Sentence

the surgeon made a thin incision with the scalpel

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The incisions have gotten smaller, which physicians think speeds up healing time. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel," 13 June 2019 But in the big leagues, with the only audience that matters being in front of television sets, and sharing the stage with a group of seasoned pols, Hickenlooper needs to make his points with clarity and incision. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What we’ve learned (so far) at the Democratic debates in Miami," 27 June 2019 Doctors performed the in utero surgery by making a small c-section-like incision. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cleveland Clinic performs its first fetal surgery to repair spina bifida," 20 June 2019 He will be expected to provide more incision up front for Madrid, who lacked goals last season, struggling to fill the void left by Ronaldo's departure to Juventus. Thomas Allnutt,, "'I am the happiest kid in the world': Real Madrid introduce new striker Jovic," 12 June 2019 Medical advances have increased players’ chances of a successful recovery because surgeries are done with smaller incisions and stronger sutures. Tom Fitzgerald,, "Kevin Durant injury: How NBA stars have returned after torn Achilles," 11 June 2019 After numbing the area with a topical cream, small incisions are created, using a fine and very precise blade. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Mandy Moore Just Proved How Natural Microbladed Brows Can Look," 22 Apr. 2019 Augustine recently told The Enquirer his own testing found that waste heat from the Bair Hugger compressor could lift contaminants from a surgery floor to land in incisions for joint replacements. Anne Saker,, "Mason man starts with knee replacement, ends up with amputated leg," 9 May 2018 Most weight loss surgery today is done through small incisions. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Obesity surgery may lower heart-attack danger in diabetics, study finds," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of incision

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

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English Language Learners Definition of incision

: a cut made in something especially, medical : a cut made into the body during surgery


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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