perforation

noun

per·​fo·​ra·​tion ˌpər-fə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perforation (audio)
1
: the act or process of perforating
2
a
: a hole or pattern made by or as if by piercing or boring
b
: one of the series of holes (as between rows of postage stamps) in a sheet that serve as an aid in separation

Examples of perforation in a Sentence

an infection that can cause perforation of the intestine during the lesson the boy absentmindedly made perforations in his paper with his pencil
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perforation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Perforation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perforation. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

perforation

noun
per·​fo·​ra·​tion ˌpər-fə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perforation (audio)
1
: the act or process of perforating
2
: a hole, pattern, or series of holes made by perforating

Medical Definition

perforation

noun
per·​fo·​ra·​tion ˌpər-fə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perforation (audio)
1
: the act or process of perforating
specifically : the penetration of a body part through accident or disease
spontaneous perforation of the sigmoid colon in the presence of diverticulosis The Journal of the American Medical Association
2
a
: a rupture in a body part caused especially by accident or disease
b
: a natural opening in an organ or body part

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