abscission

Abscission means the cutting off or removal of something, like an unsightly mole on the chin.

You can remember that abscission is all about cutting when you see how close it looks to the word scissors. If you are a public speaker who habitually cuts yourself off, your speeches may suffer from abscission. If you’re wounded in the leg in battle and gangrene sets in, you will be faced with the abscission of a limb. Layoffs at work are the abscission of workers.

Definitions of abscission
  1. noun
    the act of cutting something off
    synonyms: cutting off
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    types:
    circumcision
    the act of circumcising; surgical removal of the foreskin of males
    type of:
    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
  2. noun
    shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant
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    type of:
    shedding, sloughing
    the process whereby something is shed
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