excision

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Excision \Ex*ci"sion\, noun [L. excisio: cf. F. excision. See {Excide}.]

1. The act of excising or cutting out or off; extirpation; destruction.

Such conquerors are the instruments of vengeance on those nations that have . . . grown ripe for excision. --Atterbury.

2. (Eccl.) The act of cutting off from the church; excommunication.

3. (Surg.) The removal, especially of small parts, with a cutting instrument. --Dunglison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

excision

noun

1: the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage; "an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors"; "both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause" [syn: {deletion}, {excision}, {cut}]

2: surgical removal of a body part or tissue [syn: {ablation}, {extirpation}, {cutting out}, {excision}]

3: the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society [syn: {excommunication}, {excision}]

4: the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence [syn: {extirpation}, {excision}, {deracination}]


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