Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of incising.
  • noun A cut into a body tissue or organ, especially one made during surgery.
  • noun The scar resulting from such a cut.
  • noun A notch, as in the edge of a leaf.
  • noun The condition or quality of being incisive; incisiveness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of incising or cutting into a substance; specifically, the act of cutting into flesh, as for the purpose of bloodletting.
  • noun A division or passage made by cutting; a cut or cutting; a gash.
  • noun Figuratively, trenchancy; incisiveness.
  • noun In botany and entomology, a slit or deep notch resembling a cut.
  • noun In Doric arch., same as hypotrachelium.
  • noun A cutting away; removal, as by an acid or a drug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) The act of incising, or cutting into a substance
  • noun (Med.) That which is produced by incising; the separation of the parts of any substance made by a cutting or pointed instrument; a cut; a gash
  • noun obsolete Separation or solution of viscid matter by medicines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A cut, especially one made by a scalpel or similar medical tool in the context of surgical operation.
  • noun The act of incising, or cutting into a substance.
  • noun obsolete Separation or solution of viscid matter by medicines.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)
  • noun a depression scratched or carved into a surface

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin incisio.

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