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- First attested in 1656.
- From French abrasion (attested since 1611), from Medieval Latin abrasio (“a scraping”), from abrādō (“scrape off”)
- See abrade.
abrasion (plural abrasions)
- The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (obsolete) The substance thus rubbed off; debris. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (geology) The effect of mechanical erosion of rock, especially a river bed, by rock fragments scratching and scraping it. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- An abraded, scraped, or worn area. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (medicine) A superficial wound caused by scraping; an area of skin where the cells on the surface have been scraped or worn away. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (dentistry) The wearing away of the surface of the tooth by chewing.
- See also Wikisaurus:injury
act of abrading
substance rubbed off
medicine: superficial wound
geology: effect of mechanical erosion of rock
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- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 7:
abrasion f (plural abrasions)