Middle English Dictionary Entry

sē̆parāciǒun n.
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(a) A severing, cutting apart, detaching; the act of cutting apart [2nd quot.]; avoidance [quot.: c1460]; also, physical circumcision [1st quot.]; maken ~, to make a separation; (b) med. a tear or break in muscle tissue; separation of bone and ligament; (c) surg. the removal of diseased bone; (d) alch. the separation of elements; also, purification by removal of impurities.