Definition of Abrasion

1. Noun. An abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off.

Exact synonyms: Excoriation, Scrape, Scratch
Specialized synonyms: Graze, Rope Burn
Generic synonyms: Lesion, Wound
Derivative terms: Abrade, Excoriate, Scrape, Scrape, Scrape, Scratch, Scratch, Scratch, Scratchy

2. Noun. Erosion by friction.
Exact synonyms: Attrition, Corrasion, Detrition
Generic synonyms: Eating Away, Eroding, Erosion, Wearing, Wearing Away
Derivative terms: Abrade, Attritional, Corrade

3. Noun. The wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice.
Exact synonyms: Attrition, Detrition, Grinding
Generic synonyms: Friction, Rubbing
Derivative terms: Abrade, Attritional, Grind

Definition of Abrasion

1. n. The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction; as, the abrasion of coins.

Definition of Abrasion

1. Noun. The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction. ¹

2. Noun. The substance thus rubbed off. ¹

3. Noun. (context: medicine) A superficial excoriation, with loss of substance under the form of small shreds. ¹

4. Noun. (context: dentistry) The wearing away of the surface of the tooth by chewing. ¹

5. Noun. (context: geology) The effect of mechanical erosion of rock, especially a river bed, by rock fragments scratching and scraping it. ¹

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Definition of Abrasion

1. the act of abrading [n -S]

Medical Definition of Abrasion

1. 1. The wearing away of a substance or structure (such as the skin or the teeth) through some unusual or abnormal mechanical process. 2. A superficial injury to the skin or other body tissue caused by rubbing or scraping resulting in an area of body surface denuded of skin or mucous membrane. (11 Nov 1997)

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Literary usage of Abrasion

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1. Metals in America's Historic Buildings: Uses and Preservation Treatments by Margot Gayle, John G. Waite (1992)
"abrasion is the erosion of the metal (figure 149) caused by the impact of dirt, ... abrasion is an especially critical problem with metal flashings and ..."

2. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1907)
"To distinguish these radically different processes of stream-action, in this paper the term "abrasion" will be used for the mechanical wear performed by ..."

3. The Principles and practice of dental surgery by Chapin Aaron Harris (1863)
"It is only when the former fall directly upon the latter, that mechanical abrasion of the cutting edges can take place, and when this happens, ..."

4. Glaciers of North America: A Reading Lesson for Students of Geography and by Israel Cook Russell (1897)
"A movement of ice charged with sand and stones under such a pressure cannot fail to produce abrasion of thi rocks beneath. k !6 \ e As will be shown in a ..."

5. The Principles and practice of dentistry: Including Anatomy, Physiology by Chapin Aaron Harris, Philip H. Austen (1882)
"CHEMICAL abrasion OF THE TEETH. THE chemical abrasion of the cutting edges of the front teeth is i affection of very rare occurrence. ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1907)
"The loss by abrasion is of value, though when taken alone it may lead to wrong conclusions ; if, however, the appearance of the samples before and after ..."

7. The surgical diseases of the genito-urinary organs including syphilis by William Holme Van Buren, E. L. Keyes (1874)
"Diagnostic Table of Syphilitic Chancre, Chancroid, Herpes, and Ulcerated abrasion.—Of Syphilitic Bubo and the Bubo of Chancroid. ..."

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