Definition of appendectomy
: surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
Examples of appendectomy in a sentence
The surgeon performed an appendectomy on her.
Did You Know?
The appendix is a tiny tube attached to the large intestine that no longer has any real function. Appendicitis—inflammation and swelling of the appendix, usually as a result of bacterial infection—generally occurs between the ages of 10 and 19, and is the most common reason for emergency surgery in the U.S. today. Since the appendix has so little to do, appendectomies normally have no negative aftereffects at all. If appendicitis is ignored, bacteria may enter the blood and infect other parts of the body.
Origin and Etymology of appendectomy
Latin appendic-, appendix + English -ectomy
First Known Use: 1891
APPENDECTOMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appendectomy for English Language Learners
medical : an operation to remove a person's appendix
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