Definitions

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  • n. A cutting out or away.
  • n. The removal by operation of a portion of a limb, especially the removal of a portion of a bone in the vicinity of a joint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cutting out or away.

Etymologies

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Latin exsectio.

Examples

  • The Australians practice exsection of the ovaries systematically to make women barren.

    Arabian nights. English

  • It appeared that the piles -- a disease under which he had suffered for many years -- had been cured by exsection or scarifying, which healed the issue, but threw the blood upon his brain.

    Memoirs of 30 Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers

  • It consists of an extract, say rather, an exsection from the Kingston Mercantile

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

  • It acts wherever there is the medulla above mentioned; and that whether the limb is yet joined to a living animal, or whether it be recently detached from it; as the heart of a viper or frog will renew its contractions, when pricked with a pin, for many minutes of time after its exsection from the body.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Erosion with arsenic, after the cancer is become an open ulcer, has generally no better effect than exsection, but has been successful before ulceration.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Hence exsection before the cancer is open is generally a cure; but after the matter has been exposed to the air, it is seldom of service; as the neighbouring lymphatic glands are already infected.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

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