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  • noun ablation the surgical removal of an organ, structure, or part 3
  • noun ablation the melting or wearing away of an expendable part, such as the heat shield of a space re-entry vehicle on passing through the earth's atmosphere 3
  • noun ablation the wearing away of a rock or glacier 3
  • noun ablation the removal, especially of organs, abnormal growths, or harmful substances, from the body by mechanical means, as by surgery. 1
  • noun ablation the reduction in volume of glacial ice, snow, or névé by the combined processes of melting, evaporation, and calving. Compare alimentation (def 3). 1
  • noun ablation Aerospace. erosion of the protective outer surface (ablator) of a spacecraft or missile due to the aerodynamic heating caused by travel at hypersonic speed during reentry through the atmosphere. 1
  • noun ablation The surgical removal of body tissue. 1
  • noun ablation surgical removal 1
  • noun ablation (Obsolete (No longer in use)) A carrying or taking away; removal. 0
  • noun ablation (medicine) The surgical removal of a body part, an organ, or especially a tumor; the removal of an organ function; amputation. 0
  • noun ablation (sciences) The progressive removal of material by any of a variety of processes such as vaporization under heat or chipping. 0
  • noun ablation (geology) The removal of a glacier by melting and evaporation; the lowering of a land surface by any of several means, as in wind erosion, mass wasting. 0
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