• WordNet 3.6
    • v avulse separate by avulsion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Avulse To pluck or pull off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • avulse To pluck or pull off. Shenstone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Avulse a-vuls′ to pluck or tear away
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. avulsus, p. p. of avellere, to tear off; a, ab,) + vellere, to pluck
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. avell-ĕre, avulsum.


In literature:

Bodkin mentions the case of a woman of sixty who fell on the key in a door and completely avulsed her eye.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
A whole limb even may be avulsed from the body with comparatively little loss of blood.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The tibio-fibular interosseous ligament may rupture, or the outer portion of the tibia, to which it is attached, may be avulsed.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Pliny supposed that it was by earthquake avulsion that islands were naturally formed.
"Volcanoes: Past and Present" by Edward Hull

In news:

Botulinum toxin-assisted endoscopic repair of traumatic vocal fold avulsion .
FLUSHING, NY The New York Mets today announced that Binghamton righthanded pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 7-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 2, with a right middle fingernail avulsion.
An avulsion, not an accessory bone.