Excisional biopsy

Definition of excisional biopsy

excisional biopsy

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A surgical procedure in which a cut is made through the skin to remove an entire lump or suspicious area so it can be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. A small amount of healthy tissue around the abnormal area may also be removed.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms