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Incision definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INCIS'ION, n. s as z. [L. incisio, from incido, to cut.]
1. A cutting; the act of cutting into a substance.
2. A cut; a gash; the separation of the surface of any substance made by a sharp instrument. The surgeon with his knife makes an incision in the flesh, and the gardener, in a tree; but we do not say, an incision is made with a plow or a spade; at least such phraseology is unusual.
3. Separation of viscid matter by medicines.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn: incision, scratch, prick, slit, dent]
2: the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation) [syn: incision, section, surgical incision]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. a. cut, gash; specifically a wound made especially in surgery by incising the body b. a marginal notch (as in a leaf) 2. an act of incising something 3. the quality or state of being incisive

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a cut; a division produced by cutting; a notch. 2 the act of cutting into a thing. Etymology: ME f. OF incision or LL incisio (as INCISE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incision In*ci"sion, n. [L. incisio: cf. F. incision. See Incise.] 1. The act of incising, or cutting into a substance. --Milton. 2. That which is produced by incising; the separation of the parts of any substance made by a cutting or pointed instrument; a cut; a gash. 3. Separation or solution of viscid matter by medicines. [Obs.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(incisions) An incision is a sharp cut made in something, for example by a surgeon who is operating on a patient. The technique involves making a tiny incision in the skin. = opening, cut N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Cut, gash.

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