Definition of Incision

1. Noun. A depression scratched or carved into a surface.

Exact synonyms: Dent, Prick, Scratch, Slit
Generic synonyms: Depression, Impression, Imprint
Specialized synonyms: Score, Scotch
Derivative terms: Dent, Incise, Incisive, Prick, Scratch, Slit, Slit

2. Noun. The cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation).

Definition of Incision

1. n. The act of incising, or cutting into a substance.

Definition of Incision

1. Noun. A cut, especially one made by a scalpel or similar medical tool in the context of surgical operation. ¹

2. Noun. The act of incising, or cutting into a substance. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) Separation or solution of viscid matter by medicines. ¹

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Definition of Incision

1. the act of incising [n -S]

Medical Definition of Incision

1. 1. Cleft, cut, gash. 2. An act or action of incising. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incision

incisal guide
incisal guide angle
incisal path
incisal point
incisal rest
incised meander
incised wound
incision (current term)
incision and drainage
incision biopsy
incisional biopsy
incisional hernia
incisive bone
incisive canal cyst
incisive duct
incisive foramen
incisive fossa
incisive papilla
incisive suture

Literary usage of Incision

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"2) shows the scar from the incision, the upper end of which is almost at the level of the shoulder; the front end of the incision is seen in Fig. 3. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"The incision was often 15 cm. in length; 38 of the patients were ... It is believed to have important advantages over the median incision in many cases. ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1902)
"Operation, ischiorectal sinus incised and packed; vaginal incision and drainage. ... Subsequent history, made good recovery after second incision. ..."

4. The Lancet (1898)
"The underlying costal pleura is cut through in the line of the first incision and through the middle of the apace from which a part of the rib has been ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery by Thomas Wharton Jones (1863)
"This will impede the completion of the incision to the proper size. ... In such a case, incision, or some other operation through the cornea, ..."

6. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The stomach is now opened by a transverse incision and the foreign body extracted. ... An incision is commenced opposite the eighth intercostal space, ..."

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