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incise

in·cise

incise

 
pronunciation:
ihn saIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: incised, incises, incising
definition 1: to cut into the surface of.
The surgeon incised the tissue just below the knee.
definition 2: to mark the surface of with a sharp tool; engrave.
Word Parts
The word incise contains the following part:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.