in·ci·sion | \ in-ˈsi-zhən \

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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Occasionally the knife makes these incisions with care, as if getting started on a surgical procedure; other times the work is rapid and violent. Ashleigh Young, The Cut, "Ghost Knife," 2 July 2018 Then the video reportedly shows Davis-Boutte making incisions, her scalpel moving rhythmically. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "'Dancing' Georgia doctor is suspended by medical board for being a threat to public health, safety," 10 June 2018 Robotic surgery allows us to make smaller incisions, and move the surgical instruments with virtually 360 degrees of freedom, versus the larger cuts made by traditional surgery. WSJ, "Is Robotic Prostate Surgery Better Than Traditional Surgery?," 24 June 2018 The main difference is that Smith conducted hundreds of interviews with journalistic incision and precision, focusing on the causes for the events in question, as well as the aftermath. Chris Jones,, "'Until the Flood': Dael Orlandersmith voices the feelings that came after the facts in Ferguson," 30 Apr. 2018 Another incision sits below the clavicle and the third goes over the ribs to allow the device to monitor a patient’s breathing during sleep. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Apnea woes? New implanted device may restore uninterrupted sleep," 27 Mar. 2018 The posterior approach, the main hip replacement method for many years, involves accessing the hip joint through an incision in the back of the leg – near the top of the femur. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Looking at hip replacement differently," 5 Mar. 2018 In June, Centeno Santos was in a room at the hospital half-awake with two small incisions — one at each side of her groin — ready to get a new valve. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Puerto Rican evacuee is 100th patient for new procedure at Osceola Regional: 'Now I can live longer'," 3 July 2018 The surgeon should evaluate the form, size, texture and location of implants as well as the placement of the incisions, for each individual person. Johanna A. Álvarez And Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "This is how cosmetic surgery dreams became real-life nightmares," 30 May 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 \

Kids Definition of incision

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


in·ci·sion | \ in-ˈsizh-ən \

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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