re·​sect ri-ˈsekt How to pronounce resect (audio)
resected; resecting; resects

transitive verb

: to perform resection on
resectability noun
resectable adjective

Examples of resect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even if cancer is resected for curative intent, there may be a high risk of recurrence, so chemotherapy may be used. Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2024 Doctors resected an aortic aneurysm and repaired an aortic value in a scheduled operation. Steve Stein, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 His cancer was considered curable because his metastases were limited to two tumors in his liver that were surgically resected, along with the primary tumor, with clear margins. Mara Buchbinder, STAT, 29 Oct. 2023 All of the patients were White and had early-stage disease which could be surgically removed (resected). Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 16 May 2023 To rectify the issue, the medical professionals had to resect Roker’s colon, remove his gallbladder, and perform an operation on his duodenum. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 8 Nov. 2020 Now the surgeons knew exactly where to resect without having to remove excess healthy tissue. Douglas G. Adler, Discover Magazine, 14 May 2020 Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, 19 July 2017 An ear, nose and throat surgeon would resect the tumor. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2017

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Word History


Latin resectus, past participle of resecare to cut off, from re- + secare to cut — more at saw

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resect was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Resect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
re·​sect ri-ˈsekt How to pronounce resect (audio)
: to perform resection on
resect an ulcer
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