Surgical biopsy

Definition of surgical biopsy

surgical biopsy

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A procedure in which a cut is made through the skin to remove abnormal tissue so it can be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. The two types of surgical biopsy are incisional biopsy, in which part of a lump or a sample of tissue is removed, and excisional biopsy, in which an entire lump or suspicious area is removed. Also called open biopsy.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms