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Excise, Excision Definition

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Updated February 28, 2009

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Definition: Excision means "to surgically remove". Often used in reference to removing a mass, excision means that tissue is removed, using a scalpel, laser or another instrument.

Excision refers to completely removing the tissue in question, rather than just a part, as is done in a biopsy.

Pronunciation: ek-size
Also Known As: excise, surgical excision, excision procedure, excised,
Common Misspellings: eckcision, ekcize, ecsizion, eksized, eksize, ekcized, ekcision,
Examples:
The surgeon planned to excise the mass during surgery.
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