Definition of second intention in English:

second intention

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] The healing of a wound in which the edges do not meet, and new epithelium must form across granulation tissue:

    ‘healing by second intention’
    • ‘Repair options range from healing by second intention to grafting larger areas with skin grafts or flaps.’
    • ‘Postoperative care is determined by whether the incision is closed primarily, left open to be closed later, or left open to heal by second intention.’