[L. exclusio, a shutting out]
1. Shutting off or removing from the main part.
2. In medical insurance programs, a list of specific hazards, perils, or conditions for which the policy will not provide benefits or coverage payments. Common exclusions include preexisting conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, a pregnancy that began before the effective date of the policy, self-inflicted injuries, combat injuries, plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons, and on-the-job injuries covered by workers' compensation.
3. In medical sociology, denying access to the goods, opportunities, resources, rights, or services that are available to other individuals in a community.
exclude (ĕks-klood′), v.
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