Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “extraction”


noun     /ɪkˈstræk.ʃən/
[U] the process of removing something, especially by force: The extraction of minerals has damaged the countryside.Removing and extracting [C] specialized medical the process of removing a tooth: She had two extractions.DentistryThe teethProblems with bones, joints and teeth be of French, German, Chinese, etc. extraction to be from a family that originally came from another countryRace and ethnicityRacial issues
(Definition of extraction noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of extraction

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Removing and extracting, but you might be interested in these topics from the Movement and location topic area:

Definitions of “extraction” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More