- in dental surgery, an operation in which a portion of the mucoperiosteal tissues is surgically detached from the underlying bone or impacted tooth for better access and visibility in exploring the area covered by the tissue.
- orthopaedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery an operation in which tissue is moved from one area to obtain coverage in another; can represent a local transfer of tissue (not requiring vascular anastomosis) or a distant transfer (requiring venular anastomosis).
Synonym(s): flap amputation
See Also: flap
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