Avulsion versus Evulsion

by Angie on October 9, 2010

These 2 words can be very confusing sometimes.

Avulsion can be a surgical separation (or forcible tearing away) of one body part from another.  The separation or loss of a body part, either by surgery or due to some kind of trauma.  It deals mainly with skin, nerves, etc.

Evulsion can be a forceful, but usually accidental, removal of a tooth from its socket (in the bone).  An extraction or forcible pulling out.  An extraction by force.

Here are some ways to use the 2 words:

accessory navicular avulsion
avulsion amputation
avulsion chip fracture
avulsion flap injury
avulsion fragment
avulsion of biceps tendon
avulsion of caruncula lacrimalis
avulsion stress fracture
cauda equina avulsion
chemical nail avulsion
coracoid tip avulsion
dental avulsion
digitorum brevis avulsion
global avulsion
humeral avulsion
labral avulsion
ligament avulsion
mechanical avulsion
nerve root avulsion
peripheral avulsion
ring avulsion
sacral plexus avulsion
soft-tissue avulsion
splenic avulsion
stab avulsion
tooth avulsion
traumatic avulsion
tubercle avulsion

clothesline evulsion
nerve evulsion
tooth evulsion

Add any I have missed.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Tebault March 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

What about stab avulsion/evulsion for varicose veins? Which is it?

Rachel March 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Good question, Diane. I looked at my microphlebectomy information and it shows it is stab avulsion.

Angie Gibson April 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

What about: new technique, evulsion/avulsion, using electrocautery to strip off lining in segments of Barrett’s

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