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 for excision
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Excision \Ex*ci"sion\, n. [L. excisio: cf. F. excision. See
     1. The act of excising or cutting out or off; extirpation;
        [1913 Webster]
              Such conquerors are the instruments of vengeance on
              those nations that have . . . grown ripe for
              excision.                             --Atterbury.
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     2. (Eccl.) The act of cutting off from the church;
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     3. (Surg.) The removal, especially of small parts, with a
        cutting instrument. --Dunglison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens
           a written passage; "an editor's deletions frequently upset
           young authors"; "both parties agreed on the excision of the
           proposed clause" [syn: deletion, excision, cut]
      2: surgical removal of a body part or tissue [syn: ablation,
         extirpation, cutting out, excision]
      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 [syn: excommunication,
      4: the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from
         existence [syn: extirpation, excision, deracination]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "excision":
     abscission, amputation, anastomotic operation, annihilation,
     avulsion, bloodless operation, butchering, capital operation,
     chopping, cleavage, compensating operation, corneal transplant,
     crescent operation, cutting, cutting out, deracination,
     destruction, dichotomy, disentanglement, drawing, drawing out,
     dredging, drilling, elective operation, elimination,
     emergency operation, enucleation, eradication, evolvement,
     evulsion, excavation, exclusion, exploratory operation, expression,
     exsection, extinction, extirpation, extraction, extrication,
     fenestration operation, fission, heart transplant,
     interval operation, kidney transplant, laceration, major operation,
     mining, minor operation, mutilation, operation, organ transplant,
     organ transplantation, palliative operation, pressing out, pulling,
     quarrying, radical operation, removal, rending, rescission,
     resection, ripping, ripping out, scission, section, severance,
     slashing, slicing, splitting, squeezing out, surgery,
     surgical intervention, surgical operation, surgical technique,
     tearing, the knife, transplant, unrooting, uprooting, withdrawal,
     wresting out

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