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Definition of Incisional biopsy

Incisional biopsy: A biopsy in which only a sample of the suspicious tissue is cut from a mass (incised) and removed for purposes of diagnosis. A incisional biopsy is in contrast to an excisional biopsy in which an entire lesion, usually a tumor, is removed.

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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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