ablation

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French and Latin ablātiō (a taking away), from ablātus (removed), the perfect passive participle of auferō (carry away). Compare French ablation.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ablation (plural ablations)

  1. (obsolete) A carrying or taking away; removal. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
  2. (medicine) The surgical removal of a body part, an organ, or especially a tumor; the removal of an organ function; amputation. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
  3. (sciences) The progressive removal of material by any of a variety of processes such as vaporization under heat or chipping. [Mid 20th century.][1]
  4. (geology) The removal of a glacier by melting and evaporation; the lowering of a land surface by any of several means, as in wind erosion, mass wasting. [Mid 20th century.][1]

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

ablation f (plural ablations)

  1. The often forceful removal (physical or otherwise) or abolition of something.
    • 2008 April 25, Martine Chouinard, "Brebis égarée", Le Devoir:
      [] se contentant d'annoncer que l'ablation des nouvelles permettra de voguer vers «la production d'émissions culturelles et de divertissement de qualité». — merely announcing that the elimination of news programming [on tv channel TQS] will allow it to focus on "the production of quality entertainment and cultural programming"
  2. (medicine) ablation
  3. (sciences) ablation