incision

noun
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

Synonyms

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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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 Many upper esophageal diverticula can be treated endoscopically, through the mouth, with no incisions in the neck. Colin Huntley, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: What caused old man's swallowing trouble?," 29 June 2018 According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the risk of uterine rupture in a patient with one low transverse incision from a previous cesarean is .2 to 1.5%, which amounts to approximately one chance in 500 deliveries. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "I Had A Successful Vaginal Birth After A Cesarean (VBAC)—Here's What You Need To Know," 16 Nov. 2017 Most of the ones from Pokrovnik and Danilo Bitinj have feet and are decorated with geometric incisions, often highlighted in red or white. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 Find out what kind of incision will be best for you and your breast size and shape. Lambeth Hochwald, Glamour, "I Got a Mastectomy…Twice," 27 Sep. 2018 The chance of that incision rupturing during a subsequent vaginal delivery is between 0.2 and 1.5 percent. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Having a C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth," 15 May 2018 About 1 in 4 surgery patients had complications, including infections around the incision, abdominal pain and hernias, compared with only 7 percent of antibiotics patients. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed," 25 Sep. 2018 His surgeons made a long incision on the back of his neck, using a skull plate and spinal screws and rods to correct the fracture. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Indiana man survives internal decapitation years after beating brain cancer: 'Our boy is a miracle'," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of incision

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

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incision

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incision

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

incision

noun
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

incision

noun
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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