Definitions for ablationæˈbleɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•la•tionæˈbleɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of ablating.

  2. the removal of organs, abnormal growths, or harmful substances from the body by mechanical means, as by surgery.

    Category: Surgery

  3. the erosion of the protective outer surface

    Category: Aerospace

    Ref: ( ablator )

Origin of ablation:

1570–80; < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ablation, extirpation, cutting out, excision(noun)

    surgical removal of a body part or tissue

  2. ablation(noun)

    the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers


  1. ablation(Noun)

    A carrying or taking away; removal.

  2. ablation(Noun)

    The surgical removal of a body part or an organ; the removal of an organ function; amputation.

  3. ablation(Noun)

    The progressive removal of material by any of a variety of processes such as vaporization under heat or chipping.

  4. ablation(Noun)

    The total 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.

  5. Origin: * First attested before 1425.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ablation(noun)

    a carrying or taking away; removal

  2. Ablation(noun)


  3. Ablation(noun)

    wearing away; superficial waste


  1. 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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