AskDefine | Define excision

Dictionary Definition



1 the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage; "an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors"; "both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause" [syn: deletion, cut]
2 surgical removal of a body part or tissue [syn: ablation, extirpation, cutting out]
3 the act of banishing a member of the Church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the Church; cutting a person off from a religious society [syn: excommunication]
4 the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence [syn: extirpation, deracination]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The deletion of some text during editing.
  2. The removal of a tumor etc. by cutting
  3. The removal of a gene from a section of genetic material.

Extensive Definition

Excision means "to remove as if by cutting".
  • In surgery, an excision (or resection) is the complete removal of an organ or a tumor, as opposed to a biopsy. An "excisional biopsy" (sometimes called a "tumorectomy") is the removal of a tumor with a minimum of healthy tissue. It is therefore an excision rather than a biopsy.
  • It is the French term for female genital cutting and can be used as a euphemism.
  • It is a term used by the Australian government as part of its definition of the Australian migration zone.
  • The Excision theorem is an important theorem in Algebraic topology, a branch of Mathematics.
  • Grammatically, the noun excision derives from the verb excise; excise tax is used to describe taxes charged on the purchase of goods or services.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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