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1. an act of cutting.
2. a cut surface.
3. a segment or subdivision of an organ.
abdominal section laparotomy; incision of the abdominal wall.
cesarean section delivery of a fetus by incision through the abdominal wall and uterus; see also cesarean section.
frontal section a section through the body passing at right angles to the median plane, dividing the body into dorsal and ventral parts.
frozen section a specimen cut by microtome from tissue that has been frozen; see also frozen section.
perineal section external urethrotomy.
sagittal section a section through the body coinciding with the sagittal suture, thus dividing the body into right and left halves.
serial s's histologic sections of a specimen made in consecutive order and so arranged for the purpose of microscopic examination.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


(sek'shŭn), Avoid the redundant phrase cut section.
1. The act of cutting.
2. A cut or division.
3. A segment or part of any organ or structure delimited from the remainder.
4. A cut surface.
5. A thin slice of tissue, cells, microorganisms, or any other material for examination under the microscope. Synonym(s): microscopic section
[L. sectio, a cutting, fr. seco, to cut]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. A cut or division.
2. The act or process of separating or cutting, especially the surgical cutting or dividing of tissue.
3. A thin slice, as of tissue, suitable for microscopic examination.
4. A cesarean section.
1. To separate or divide into parts.
2. To cut or divide tissue surgically.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Lab medicine
noun A College of American Pathologists term for a part of a hospital lab—chemistry, microbiology, blood bank—with a section supervisor.
noun A part of an Act of Parliament.

verb To detain a person in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983.
noun Caesarean section, see there.
noun A slice of tissue, as prepared for histologic evaluation.

Vox populi
noun A grouping, part, portion, segment.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Obstetrics See Cesarean section Surgical pathology A slice of tissue, as prepared for histologic evaluation. See Frozen section, Gough section, Paraffin section, Permanent section, Poincaré section, Slab section, Thick section, Thin section.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. The act of cutting.
2. A cut or division.
3. A segment or part of any organ or structure delimited from the remainder.
4. A cut surface.
5. A thin slice of tissue, cells, microorganisms, or any material for examination under the microscope.
[L. sectio, a cutting, fr. seco, to cut]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about section

Q. What are the risks of C-section? See that all the pregnant movie stars are having C- sections instead of natural child birth. Maybe I should have one too, instead of giving birth regularly? Are there any risks?

A. Thanks.. Now I understand better the risks of c-section.

Q. How is a C-section done? My wife is expecting twins and her Doctor scheduled a C- section for her. How is it done?

A. My wife had a c-section done when we had our daughter. I did not get to see the procedure, but I did hear it. It was graphic, but really quick.

Q. When is a C-section needed? My wife is pregnant now and I wanted to know when do women need to have a C- section as opposed to natural birth?

A. sually a C- section is done when there are problems during labor like when the baby is in trouble or the labor is stuck and not progressing over a long period of time.

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Microscopic sections of the left breast parenchyma revealed micropapillary apocrine DCIS, widespread LCIS, apocrine adenosis, and columnar cell alteration associated with microcalcifications.
Microscopic sections studied stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) showed well circumscribed dermal tumor with cellular masses separated by collagenous stroma [Figure 2].
Structures in the posterior tympanum have been studied by various methods, including computed tomography (CT), (1) tracings of microscopic sections onto paper, (2) and observation of computer-generated images from video segments.
Routine light microscopic sections reviewed in each case included sections stained with hematoxylin-eosin, Gomori trichrome, esterase, adenosine triphosphatase (pH 4.6 and 9.8), cytochrome C oxidase, acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide (reduced form), sulfonated Alcian blue, periodic acid-Schiff, and oil red O.
Microscopic sections from the third ventricle mass were diagnostic of a colloid cyst.
Microscopic sections of right and left lungs revealed a focally hemorrhagic, necrotizing pneumonia.
The histology of the bowel was unremarkable, and no green color was identified in the microscopic sections prepared with standard processing, embedding, and staining techniques.

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