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intention

 [in-ten´shun]
1. a goal.
2. a manner of healing.
3. a surgical procedure or operation.

in·ten·tion

(in-ten'shŭn),
1. An objective.
2. In surgery, a process or operation.
[L. intentio, a stretching out; intention]

intention

/in·ten·tion/ (in-ten´shun)
1. a manner of healing; see under healing.
2. a goal or desired end.

intention

(ĭn-tĕn′shən)
n.
Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.

intention

[inten′shən]
Etymology: L, intendere, to aim
a kind of healing process. Healing by primary intention is the initial union of the edges of a wound, progressing to complete healing without granulation. Healing by secondary intention is wound closure in which the edges are separated, granulation tissue develops to fill the gap, and epithelium grows in over the granulations, producing a scar. Healing by tertiary intention is wound closure in which granulation tissue fills the gap between the edges of the wound, with epithelium growing over the granulation at a slower rate and producing a larger scar than the scar resulting from healing from secondary intention. Suppuration is also usually found.
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Intention

in·ten·tion

(in-ten'shŭn)
1. An objective.
2. surgery A process or operation.
[L. intentio, a stretching out; intention]

intention,

n 1. consciously committing to act in a definite way.
2. wound healing of approximated edges.
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Intention.

intention

a manner of healing, e.g. first intention when a surgical incision heals immediately, second intention when a gaping wound fills with granulation tissue and is then covered from the sides with epithelium. See also wound healing.

intention tremor
tremor of the head or a limb which increases as the patient tries to perform a particular function, e.g. following a moving object by moving the head. See also intention tremor.
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I learned besides that Cardenio, according to report, had been present at the betrothal; and that upon seeing her betrothed contrary to his expectation, he had quitted the city in despair, leaving behind him a letter declaring the wrong Luscinda had done him, and his intention of going where no one should ever see him again.
I determined to wait the final outcome of the trial, that I might learn all that I could of the Okarian ruler's intentions, and then act accordingly.
The greatest portrait painters have painted both, man and the intention of his soul; Rembrandt and El Greco; it's only the second-raters who've only painted man.
The intention was to make a stand at the Drissa camp, but Paulucci, aiming at becoming commander in chief, unexpectedly employed his energy to influence Alexander, and Pfuel's whole plan was abandoned and the command entrusted to Barclay.
They brought me along with them when they deserted, either with the intention of holding me ransom or selling me into the harem of one of the black sultans of the north.
Momulla raised his right hand, palm forward, as a sign of his pacific intentions.
What you told me about your intentions towards Miss Wendermott makes me determined to strike at once
I felt a similar antipathy to the smell of musk, and had not the slightest intention of kissing her; but I was too gallant a man to say so; and I only begged her to favor me by looking at her husband's portrait.
Rook has expressed an intention (if the opportunity offers itself) of calling at the cottage.
Every intelligent person present could see that the prisoner's chance of an honorable acquittal depended on tracing the poison to the possession of his wife--or at least on proving her expressed intention to obtain it.
Others picked out MacWhirr, in whom they perceived a definite symbolic intention.
A pair of old, worn, beaver gloves, a broad-brimmed hat, and a faded green umbrella, with plenty of whalebone sticking through the bottom, as if to counterbalance the want of a handle at the top, lay on a chair beside him; and, being disposed in a very tidy and careful manner, seemed to imply that the red-nosed man, whoever he was, had no intention of going away in a hurry.