Definition of extraction in English:


Syllabification: ex·trac·tion
Pronunciation: /ikˈstrakSH(ə)n


1The action of taking out something, especially using effort or force: mineral extraction a dental extraction
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  • It is significant that both Wells and Morton were specifically looking for a means of rendering dental extractions pain free.
  • Those who object to this should take a look at the children undergoing dental extractions for decay at an age when they are far too young to advocate fluoride in water.
  • Within the next 10-15 years mineral extractions, agriculture as we know it and associated business support services will be almost irrelevant.
removal, taking out, drawing out, pulling out, withdrawal;
freeing, release, extrication
squeezing, expressing, pressing, obtaining
2 [with adjective] The ethnic origin of someone’s family: a worker of Polish extraction
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  • The Lucchesi family, of Italian extraction, have lived for many years in Dundalk.
  • The workers of Chinese extraction started dominating the dyeing department.
  • In the future, they ruled, the Portuguese or Spanish extraction of the candidate must be clear beyond any doubt.


late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin extractio(n-), from Latin extrahere 'draw out' (see extract).

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