re·​sec·​tion | \ ri-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce resection (audio) \

Definition of resection

: the surgical removal of part of an organ or structure

Examples of resection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the surgery resection, there is a 2% recurrence rate. Chris Hays,, 14 July 2021 The toddler also had a stomach defect repaired and a small bowel resection, which resulted in close to 3 feet of his small intestines getting removed, the fundraiser stated. Joelle Goldstein,, 17 June 2021 At one point, Wilson had 14 tumors removed from his liver in a procedure called a resection of the liver, but not all of the tumors found could be removed because of their location. Chris Hays,, 11 June 2021 The Brewers categorized the procedure – which occurred Nov. 5 – as pectoralis minor release surgery and first rib resection surgery. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2021 The same incision had been used to perform a liver resection and a cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder), following the initial procedure. Maggie O'neill,, 10 June 2020 In 1953 Henry Molaison underwent bilateral hippocampal resection surgery to reduce extreme, life-disrupting epileptic seizures. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020 The Kennedy assassination occurred early in Dr. McClelland’s career as a general surgeon; his specialty was liver resections. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2019 This surgical technique, known as resection of cavity shave margins, has been shown to reduce the rate of cancerous margins of a breast cancer surgical specimen and the need for repeat surgery by half in women undergoing breast conserving surgery. Alix Boyle,, 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of resection

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resection was in 1646

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“Resection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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re·​sec·​tion | \ ri-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce resection (audio) \

Medical Definition of resection

: the surgical removal of part of an organ or structure pancreatic resection resection of the lower bowel resection of a tumor — see abdominoperineal resection, mikulicz resection, segmental resection, wedge resection

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