Medical Definition of Excisional biopsy

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Excisional biopsy: A biopsy in which an entire lesion is removed. A excisional biopsy is in contrast to an incisional biopsy in which only a sample of tissue is cut from a mass (incised) and removed.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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