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An open biopsy is a procedure in which a cut is made through the skin to remove abnormal tissue so it can be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. The two types of open biopsy are incisional biopsy, in which part of a lump or a sample of tissue is removed, and excisional biopsy, in which an entire lump or suspicious area is removed. It is also called surgical biopsy.
- Open biopsy Archived 2022-01-27 at the Wayback Machine entry in the public domain NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".