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Definition of Excise

Excise: To cut out entirely. For example, a scalpel or laser beam may be used to excise a tumor. The terms excise and resect are not synonymous. Excise implies total removal, whereas resect does not.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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