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noun. The process of removing tissue from within the body for purposes of treating an illness or ailment, or to further discern medical problems not yet understood. For instance, many women who suffer from painful or lengthy menses undergo uterine ablation, a process which removes the lining of the uterus,

ABLATION: "Monica, a busy mother of four, was pleased when the Doctor told her a simple outpatient procedure, a uterine ablation, could rid her of the pain she experienced each month as well as help her to prevent future pregnancies."

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