Definition of ablation in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈblāSHən/


1The surgical removal of body tissue.
Example sentences
  • Treatment by surgical excision or physical ablation of the excess tissue may improve cosmetic appearance.
  • All seven patients with diverticula of the CS who were not treated with catheter or surgical ablation eventually died.
  • Endometrial ablation is the first surgical advance in the treatment of menorrhagia since hysterectomy.
2The removal of snow and ice by melting or evaporation, typically from a glacier or iceberg.
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  • A glacier forms whenever the accumulation of snow/ice exceeds ablation over a sustained period of time.
  • It provides an estimate of how much precipitation or temperature change must be invoked to explain the current net ablation of the glacier.
  • Searches were delayed until June, when snow ablation was 90% complete.
2.1The erosion of rock, typically by wind action.
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  • The stream loads will likely experience almost continual aggradation and ablation.
  • Potassic minerals were degassed with an argon laser probe using step heating or direct ablation of grains on thin rock sections.
  • Some slopes are steep and sharply incise ancient surfaces of ablation, as is the case south of PA2 and PA4.
2.2The loss of surface material from a spacecraft or meteorite through evaporation or melting caused by friction with the atmosphere.
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  • This thing came screaming down through the Martian atmosphere and it underwent some ablation.
  • The most effective thermal protection method for single re-entry vehicles was ablation.
  • Deceleration of meteorites begins high in the atmosphere where the surface of the incoming body heats up to incandescence causing melting and ablation.



Pronunciation: /əˈblāt/
Example sentences
  • Thus, if continental ice sheets formed at all, they would have been ablated as the ice age got into high gear.
  • Drying winds slowly ablate away the ice from the material, leaving them soft and dry, although still very cold, by the next day.
  • The laser beam zaps a pinhead-sized area on the target, ablating or vaporizing it.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'taking away, removal'): from late Latin ablatio(n-), from Latin ablat- 'taken away', from ab- 'away' + lat- 'carried' (from the verb ferre).

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Syllabification: ab·la·tion

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