reattach

verb re·at·tach \ (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtach \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of reattach

reattached; reattaching; reattaches
transitive + intransitive
1 T : to attach (something) again
  • reattach the hoses
  • reattaching the retina to underlying tissue
2 I : to become attached anew
  • The dentist will probably bond that tooth to the adjacent teeth for a number of weeks until it reattaches.
  • The Explorer (Tuscon, Arizona)

reattachment

play \(ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtach-mənt\ noun, plural reattachments
    • reattachment of a severed finger
    • reattachment surgery
    • Modern treatment for detached retina may include reattachment of the retina with a laser (like spot-welding) or freezing small areas (cryotherapy).
    • —Richard P. Holm

First Known Use of reattach

1751

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reattach

intransitive verb re·at·tach \ ˌrē-ə-ˈtach \

medical Definition of reattach

: to become attached anew
: to attach again
  • reattach a severed finger

reattachment

play \-mənt\ noun

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