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ablation
n. surgical removal, excision; reduction of the mass of a glacier through the melting and evaporation of snow and ice; burning away of a spacecraft's protective covering during atmospheric reentry

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Ablation
Ablation is removal of material from the surface of an object by vaporization, chipping, or other erosive processes. Examples of ablative materials are described below, and include spacecraft material for ascent and atmospheric reentry, ice and snow in glaciology, biological tissues in medicine and passive fire protection materials.

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Noun
1. surgical removal of a body part or tissue
(synonym) extirpation, cutting out, excision
(hypernym) operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process
(hyponym) adenoidectomy
(derivation) ablate
2. the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers
(hypernym) erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing, wearing away
(derivation) ablate


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Ablation (die)
nf. ablation, reduction of the mass of a glacier through the melting and evaporation of snow and ice (Geology); surgical removal, excision (Medicine); melting, dissolving into liquid

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ablation
nf. ablation, surgical removal, excision; reduction of the mass of a glacier through the melting and evaporation of snow and ice; burning away of a spacecraft's protective covering during atmospheric reentry


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