avulsion

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avulsion

[ə′vəl·shən]
(hydrology)
A sudden change in the course of a stream by which a portion of land is cut off, as where a stream cuts across and forms an oxbow.
(medicine)
Tearing one part away from the other, either by trauma or surgery.
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Care must be taken to avoid excessive traction during the enucleation phase in order to maintain hemostasis and to not prematurely avulse the fibroid.
Alternatively, the common adductor tendon can tear or avulse and retract.
Over time, foreshortened ULCs might buckle, collapse, or avulse, resulting in an asymmetric dorsum, an illusion of deviation, the potential for nasal valve compromise, and airway obstruction (figure 1).