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 An anesthesiologist named Bjørn Ibsen improvised by having tracheostomies performed on the children, inserting plastic tubes through incisions in their necks. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Normalizing the Coronavirus," 27 May 2020 The surgery—which is known as a myotomy and can also be performed endoscopically—involves making an incision in the lining of the esophagus, Dr. Gabbard says. Maggie O'neill,, "What Is Corkscrew Esophagus? Here’s What a Gastroenterologist Says," 29 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately, the force of the delivery caused the tissue at the back of the incision to rip. Cassandra Willyard, New York Times, "Episiotomy Rates Are Dropping, but Some Doctors Still Snip," 17 Apr. 2020 Tracheotomy: This is a more invasive procedure with an incision in the windpipe for insertion of a tracheal tube. USA Today, "How ventilators work and why COVID-19 patients need them to survive coronavirus," 10 Apr. 2020 Generally, both are considered safe and performed laparoscopically, or through small incisions. Candice Choi,, "After obesity surgery, more patients returning for another," 29 Feb. 2020 But connecting the fine, fussy nervous system after any kind of incision has been thought to be impossible or, at best, really suboptimal. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Head Transplants Could Definitely Maybe Happen Next Decade," 24 Dec. 2019 After the Dis-Spray treatment, the process proceeds as usual: The embalmer inserts a scalpel into the center of the carotid artery and opens an incision just big enough to accommodate a thin steel tube. Victor Llorente, Popular Mechanics, "Inside a New York City Funeral Home’s Mission to Keep Bodies Out of Mass Graves," 24 Apr. 2020 The pain from my C-section incision seemed to climb all the way up my chest to my collarbones. Ariane Chang, The New York Review of Books, "‘Corona Maman’: A Paris Clinic’s First Covid-19 Delivery," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Incision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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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