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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.] [1913 Webster] 1. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness. [1913 Webster] Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness, and of choice, fixes its view on any idea. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Hell is paved with good intentions. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim. [1913 Webster] In [chronical distempers], the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 4. The state of being strained. See Intension. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 5. (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]