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- (US) enPR: ə-blā'-shən, ăb-lā'-shən IPA(key): /əˈbleɪ.ʃn̩/, /æbˈleɪ.ʃn̩/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- (obsolete) A carrying or taking away; removal. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (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.]
- (sciences) The progressive removal of material by any of a variety of processes such as vaporization under heat or chipping. [Mid 20th century.]
- (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.]
- (meteorology) The depletion of surface snow and ice by melting and evaporation.
progressive removal of material
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Translations to be checked
- “ablation” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 5.
ablation f (plural ablations)
- The often forceful removal (physical or otherwise) or abolition of something.
- 2008 April 25, Martine Chouinard, “Brebis égarée”, in 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"
- (medicine) ablation
- (sciences) ablation