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- (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.]
progressive removal of material
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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