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 There are biopsies and an incision that has refused to heal. Adam Galler, Anchorage Daily News, "Searching for footing in a life nearly extinguished by COVID," 23 Apr. 2021 Thomas Littlefield, a 42-year-old doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, cut a horizontal incision of about 4 inches through the skin just above the pubic bone, then deeper through the tough layer of connective tissue called the fascia. Mark Johnson,, "A Wisconsin mom gave birth in a COVID-19 coma before slipping to the brink of death," 18 Mar. 2021 Then cut the tenderloin lengthwise down the middle making an incision about 1 inch deep. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A perfectly easy pork meal for Easter," 2 Apr. 2021 Once Nora woke up, no one would be able to touch her again without putting her under, and there was no way to bandage her wound or keep her from licking the incision site. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Nora the polar bear’s many challenges, including leg surgery, are recounted in a new book. Here’s an excerpt.," 19 Mar. 2021 Pressure was placed on the outside of the upper abdomen to help guide the baby through the incision. Mark Johnson,, "A Wisconsin mom gave birth in a COVID-19 coma before slipping to the brink of death," 18 Mar. 2021 While some of your favorite teams and players were cutting down the nets, one remarkable 16-year-old was bracing for an incision that would start a new chapter in her life. Don Yaeger, Forbes, "Lessons Learned From This 16-Year-Old Champion Will Change Your Heart Forever," 17 Mar. 2021 Britton will not be able to throw for several weeks while the incision heals after the operation by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Dodgers-Mariners 2021 MLB spring training live stream (3/11): How to watch online, TV info, time," 12 Mar. 2021 When the team performed an abdominal operation on the mice, the cells arrived at the incision site, stacked into huge clumps, and interlaced with tough protein fibers. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "These bacteria-gobbling immune cells help the body heal—but also cause surgical complications," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of incision

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

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The first known use of incision was in the 14th century

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5 May 2021

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“Incision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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