Meaning of ABLATION in English


aˈblāshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin ablation-, ablatio, from Latin ablatus + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : removal

2. : removal of an organ or part by surgery

ablation of the appendix

or of an activity by other means

ablation of ovarian function by radiation


a. : decrease in volume of ice, névé, or snow in or on a glacier primarily as a result of melting and evaporation — compare alimentation

b. : lowering of a land surface by wind erosion or weathering agents

the warming of the polar seas leads to ablation of the ice caps

4. : the process of ablating

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