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excision

Pronunciation: ek-sizh'un

Definition:

  1. The act of cutting out; the surgical removal of part or all of a structure or organ.
  2. molecular biology a recombination event in which a genetic element is removed.
  3. The enzymatic removal of a segment of a biopolymer.

Synonym(s): resection3

[L. excido, to cut out]

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