to heal by the second intention


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Intention \In*ten"tion\, n. [F. intention, L. intentio. See
   Intend, and cf. Intension.]
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   1. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object;
      closeness of application; fixedness of attention;
      earnestness.
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            Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness,
            and of choice, fixes its view on any idea. --Locke.
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   2. A determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain
      thing; purpose; design; as, an intention to go to New
      York.
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            Hell is paved with good intentions.   --Johnson.
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   3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end;
      aim.
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            In [chronical distempers], the principal intention
            is to restore the tone of the solid parts.
                                                  --Arbuthnot.
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   4. The state of being strained. See Intension. [Obs.]
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   5. (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object.
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   First intention (Logic), a conception of a thing formed by
      the first or direct application of the mind to the
      individual object; an idea or image; as, man, stone.

   Second intention (Logic), a conception generalized from
      first intuition or apprehension already formed by the
      mind; an abstract notion; especially, a classified notion,
      as species, genus, whiteness.

   To heal by the first intention (Surg.), to cicatrize, as a
      wound, without suppuration.

   To heal by the second intention (Surg.), to unite after
      suppuration.

   Syn: Design; purpose; object; aim; intent; drift; purport;
        meaning. See Design.
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