Definition of Ablation

1. Noun. Surgical removal of a body part or tissue.

2. Noun. The erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers.
Generic synonyms: Eating Away, Eroding, Erosion, Wearing, Wearing Away
Derivative terms: Ablate

Definition of Ablation

1. n. A carrying or taking away; removal.

Definition of Ablation

1. Noun. A carrying or taking away; removal. ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) The surgical removal of a body part or an organ; the removal of an organ function; amputation. ¹

3. Noun. (sciences) The progressive removal of material by any of a variety of processes such as vaporization under heat or chipping. ¹

4. Noun. (geology) The total removal of a glacier by melting and evaporation; the lowering of a land surface by any of several means, as in wind erosion, mass wasting. ¹

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Definition of Ablation

1. surgical removal of a bodily part [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ablation

1. 1. A carrying or taking away; removal. 2. Extirpation. 3. Wearing away; superficial waste. See: tolerate. Origin: L. Ablatio, fr. Ablatus p. P. Of auferre to carry away; ab + latus, p. P. Of ferre carry: cf. F. Ablation. (11 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ablation

ablatio placentae
ablation (current term)
ablative absolute
ablative absolutes
ablative case
ablative cases

Literary usage of Ablation

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1. Probability of Sea Level Rise by James G. Titus, Vijay K. Narayanan (1998)
"Rather, b should be viewed as "net ablation in areas where there is net ablation," while a represents "net accumulation in areas where there is net ..."

2. The Treatment of pelvic inflammations through the vagina by William Rice Pryor (1899)
"VAGINAL ablation. General Considerations.—The vaginal mucosa and peritoneum only are severed in vaginal hysterectomy ; whereas, in laparotomy, the skin, ..."

3. Text-book of ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1892)
"The obvious procedure for surgeons first to hit upon consisted in simply removing that part of the lid which bears the cilia (ablation of the zone of ..."

4. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1886)
"ablation of the Motor Centres. Meeting of April 17, 1886. DUPIN, presents a dog in whom he has removed the motor centers. This dog is able to execute all ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1870)
"Polypus of the Ventricle of the Larynx; ablation after Division of the Laryngeal Cartilages; Cure with the Preservation, of the Voice. ..."

6. Occasional Papers on the Theory of Glaciers: Now First Collected and by James David Forbes (1859)
"Observations on the Depression of the Glacier Surface—ablation and Subsidence distinguished and ascertained—On the Relative Velocity of the Surface and ..."

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