appendectomy

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noun ap·pen·dec·to·my \ˌa-pən-ˈdek-tə-mē, ˌa-ˌpen-\

Definition of appendectomy

plural

appendectomies

  1. :  surgical removal of the vermiform appendix

Examples of appendectomy in a sentence

  1. 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: circa 1895


APPENDECTOMY Defined for English Language Learners

appendectomy

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noun ap·pen·dec·to·my \ˌa-pən-ˈdek-tə-mē, ˌa-ˌpen-\

Definition of appendectomy for English Language Learners

  • medical : an operation to remove a person's appendix


Medical Dictionary

appendectomy

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noun ap·pen·dec·to·my \ˌap-ən-ˈdek-tə-mē\

Medical Definition of appendectomy

plural

appendectomies

  1. :  surgical removal of the vermiform appendix



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