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removal, as of an organ, by cutting; called also excision.
gastric resection gastrectomy.
root resection (root-end resection) apicoectomy.
transurethral resection of the prostate (transurethral prostatic resection) see transurethral resection of the prostate.
wedge resection removal of a triangular mass of tissue.
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1. A procedure performed for the specific purpose of removal, as in removal of articular ends of one or both bones forming a joint.
2. To remove a part.
3. Synonym(s): excision (1)
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Surgical removal of all or part of an organ, tissue, or structure.
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 Excision Surgical removal of a tumor or organ. See Abdominal-perineal resection, Colon resection, Endometrial resection, En bloc resection, Gastrocnemius resection, Human factors resection, Laparoscopic resection, Laparoscopic-assisted resection, Oncologic resection, Wedge resection.
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1. A procedure performed for the specific purpose of removal of a significant part of an organ or bodily structure; may be partial or complete.
2. To remove a part.
3. Synonym(s): excision (1) .
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(re-sek'shon) [L. resectio, a cutting off]
Partial or complete excision of a bone or other structure.

bilateral carotid body resection

Abbreviation: BCBR
A rarely used method of treating carotid sinus syncope that relies on the bilateral surgical removal of the carotid bodies.
See: carotid body; carotid sinus syncope

gastric resection

Surgical resection of all or a part of the stomach.

piecemeal resection

Removal of a structure from the body, e.g., a polyp from the colon, in small bits or stages.

submucous resection

Removal of tissue below the mucosa, esp. excision of cartilaginous tissue beneath the mucosal tissue of the nose.
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transurethral resection of the prostate

Abbreviation: TUR, TURP
The removal of prostatic tissue using a device inserted through the urethra.
See: prostatectomy; illustration

wedge resection

Surgical removal of a triangular-shaped piece of tissue, e.g., from the lung, gastrointestinal tract, uterus, ovary, or other organs. Wedge resection is often used to remove malignant tissue.

window resection

Resection of a portion of the nasal septum after reflection of a flap of mucous membrane.
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Surgical removal of any part of the body or of diseased tissue.
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The surgical removal of part of an organ or body structure, as in rib resection.
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A surgical procedure used in strabismus in which a portion of an extraocular muscle is removed (usually at its insertion) and the muscle is reattached at or near the original site of insertion. This is carried out to shorten and strengthen the muscle. See enophthalmos; recession; strabismus surgery.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann


1. A procedure performed for the specific purpose of removal of a significant part of an organ or bodily structure; may be partial or complete.
2. To remove a part.
3. Synonym(s): excision (1) .
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