1. A spot on one's arm that is scraped from falling off a bike is an example of an abrasion.2. An area of rocks on a shoreline that has been worn away from the waves is an example of an abrasion.
- a scraping or rubbing off, as of skin
- a wearing away by rubbing or scraping, as of rock by wind, water, etc.
- an abraded spot or area
Origin of abrasionLate Latin abrasio from Classical Latin abradere, abrade
- The process of wearing down or rubbing away by means of friction.
- a. A scraped or worn area.b. A scraped area on the skin or on a mucous membrane, resulting from injury or irritation.
Origin of abrasionMedieval Latin abrāsiō abrāsiōn- from Latin abrāsus past participle of abrādere to scrape off ; see abrade .
- The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (geology) The effect of mechanical erosion of rock, especially a river bed, by rock fragments scratching and scraping it. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- An abraded, scraped, or worn area. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (medicine) A superficial wound caused by scraping; an area of skin where the cells on the surface have been scraped or worn away. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (dentistry) The wearing away of the surface of the tooth by chewing.