noun \ˌhis-tə-ˈrek-tə-mē\

medical : an operation to remove a woman's uterus

plural hys·ter·ec·to·mies

Full Definition of HYSTERECTOMY

:  surgical removal of the uterus
hys·ter·ec·to·mized \-tə-ˌmīzd\ adjective


  1. a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies

First Known Use of HYSTERECTOMY

circa 1886

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noun \ˌhis-tə-ˈrek-tə-mē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural hys·ter·ec·to·mies

Medical Definition of HYSTERECTOMY

hys·ter·ec·to·mized also British hys·ter·ec·to·mised \-tə-ˌmīzd\ adjective


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Surgical removal of the uterus, either completely (total hysterectomy) or leaving the cervix (subtotal hysterectomy). It is performed in the presence of cancer or a benign fibroid tumour if the fibroid is large or rapidly growing, causes excessive bleeding or discomfort, or seems to be breaking down. Hysterectomy may also be performed after cesarean section in cases of complications such as uncontrolled bleeding, gross infection, or pelvic cancer.


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