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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To achieve this, the architectural team once again took out their scalpels and made some careful incisions. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s Music Center was built as an aloof city on a hill. Can a remade plaza change that?," 22 Aug. 2019 The procedure requires a few very small incisions that sutured closed at the end. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?," 28 July 2019 Make a lengthwise incision about 1/2 inch deep on either side of the first cut. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There was also Jairzinho, lightening quick with the ball at his feet with the strength and incision to take anyone on one-on-one., "Mario Zagallo: Habitual World Cup Winner & Sculptor of Brazil's Joga Bonito Era," 15 July 2019 AdventHealth Celebration has brought on board the da Vinci SP surgical robot, which requires only one incision for minimally invasive procedures. Naseem S. Miller,, "Health briefs: AdventHealth, arts center get grant for patient-caregiver study," 29 June 2019 Nailah Pettigen was dead, appeared to have been disemboweled, had an incision from her neck to her stomach, her intestines were spilled out onto the ground and her bed was completely soaked through with blood, Gaches said. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Fremont man convicted of brutal murder of his mother in 2015," 30 July 2019 Then cut the tenderloin lengthwise down the middle, making an incision about 1 inch deep. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 Li did not show the actual incision, but held up the bloody digit afterward. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Chinese Rapper Faces Backlash After Severing Finger During Livestream," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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