Let be a link in and let there be a disk in the link complement . Then a surface such that intersects exactly in its boundary and its boundary does not bound another disk on is called a compressible surface (Adams 1994, p. 86).
See alsoKnot Complement
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ReferencesAdams, C. C. The Knot Book: An Elementary Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots. New York: W. H. Freeman, 1994.
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Weisstein, Eric W. "Compressible Surface." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource. https://mathworld.wolfram.com/CompressibleSurface.html