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 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,, "This Man’s Colon Cancer Spread to the Surface of His Skin. Here’s How That Can Happen," 10 June 2020 In 1953 Henry Molaison underwent bilateral hippocampal resection surgery to reduce extreme, life-disrupting epileptic seizures. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, "In Search of the Brain’s Social Road Maps," 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, "Dr. Robert McClelland, Who Tried to Save President Kennedy, Dies at 89," 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,, "Surgical technique helps breast cancer patients avoid repeat surgeries," 26 Sep. 2019 Giulianotti was the first surgeon to perform more than a dozen robotic procedures, ranging from kidney transplants to lung resections. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019 By some miracle, the MRI images of my tumor resection site have been stable, and there's been no regrowth., "For 6 Years, Doctors Kept Telling Me I Had PMS—but It Turned Out to Be Brain Cancer," 31 July 2019 But then he got stuck doing a liver resection and didn’t get out of the operating room until three or four hours after their date was supposed to happen. Nina Reyes, New York Times, "They Hit It Off During a Surgical Consultation," 9 June 2018 He’s profiled fibropapillomatosis tumor tissue that’s been surgically removed by laser resection as part of rehabilitation. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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