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Noun: excision  ek'si-zhun
  1. The omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
    "both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause";
    - deletion, cut
  2. Surgical removal of a body part or tissue
    - ablation, extirpation, cutting out
  3. The act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society
    - excommunication
  4. The act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence
    - extirpation, deracination

Derived forms: excisions

Type of: banishment, editing, op [informal], operation, proscription, pull, redaction, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process

Encyclopedia: Excision