Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A forcible extraction.

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  • n. The action of forcibly pulling something out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of plucking out; a rooting out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of plucking or pulling out by force; forcible extraction, as of teeth.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin ēvolsiō, ēvolsiōn-, from ēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere, to pull out : ē-, ex-, ex- + vellere, to pull.

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From Latin evulsionem, from evellere.

Examples

  • An MRI revealed that Favre has an evulsion fracture, in which the ligament pulls a piece of bone from the bone, of the calcaneus (heel bone) and a stress fracture.

    Brad Childress: Brett Favre has two fractures in his ankle

  • The evulsion at the slaughter of 600,000 men in Civil War and the challenges that will come with peace.

    Philip Glass' 'Appomattox' Makes Its Debut

  • This is very proper in Glo'ster, newly maimed by the evulsion of his eyes.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • Should no purchase of the patent in question be made by the directory of the Morris and Essex Railroad, however, PUNCHINELLO will then meet contingencies by condensing the machine, reducing it so much in size that a commuter may easily carry one in his waistcoat pocket, to be ready, when necessary, for extracting an insolent conductor out of his boots; or, should the occasion arise, for the immediate evulsion from office of the autocratic President of the concern, himself.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 16, July 16, 1870

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  • thank you bilby.

    April 30, 2011

  • Thank you, bilby. That would be a better solution.

    The part of my mind that doesn't like to think about suffering just tried to distract me by adding an r to this word, then adding the behead tag to the result... but then I started thinking about the meaning of the words revulsion and evulsion and behead and... and now I'm just stuck back here.

    April 29, 2011

  • It's poor journalism to drop such a word in a non-technical piece. Tissue-injuries would have sufficed and is not a dumbing down, just a term that doesn't distract from the point of the story.

    April 29, 2011

  • brutal devastation.. just listed horizontal vortices from this link: Funnel Cloud Video

    April 29, 2011

  • Is there any chance that the writer(s) of that tornado article should have used the word avulsion instead? I'd (thankfully) never heard of either word until today.

    April 29, 2011

  • "In Tuscaloosa, police and emergency services were devastated, the mayor said. More than 100 patients were admitted to Tuscaloosa's DCH Medical Center for blunt trauma, fractures and "evulsions"—tissue torn off."

    "Tornadoes Leave a Trail of Devastation", from the Wall Street Journal (online), April 29, 2011.

    April 29, 2011