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Ablation Defined


Updated January 07, 2009

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Definition: The surgical removal of tissue.

Surgical ablation is typically performed with a scalpel, such as the removal of thyroid tissuea. In other procedures a laser may be used to vaporize tissue without surgery or radio frequencies may be used to heat the tissue to the point of tissue death.

Pronunciation: a-BLAY-shun
Common Misspellings: abblation,
She decided to try laser ablation for her endometriosis instead of having a hysterectomy.

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