appendectomy

noun

ap·​pen·​dec·​to·​my ˌa-pən-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce appendectomy (audio)
ˌa-ˌpen-
plural appendectomies
: surgical removal of the vermiform appendix

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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.

Examples of appendectomy in a Sentence

The surgeon performed an appendectomy on her.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2022, Burrow underwent an emergency appendectomy that forced him to miss all but the final week of the preseason. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 8 Jan. 2024 After losing her husband unexpectedly to a heart condition in 2021, the Hacks star has faced her own health scares this year, undergoing a heart procedure in February and an appendectomy earlier this summer. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 Last season against the Steelers in Week 1, Burrow, who missed time in camp and the preseason after undergoing an appendectomy, threw for 286 yards in regulation but also turned the ball over four times in the process. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2023 Some of these were generic and some detailed surgical treatments for specific operations such as appendectomies. Maggie Scales, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who was returning after a preseason appendectomy, threw for 338 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 21 Nov. 2022 In 2022, Burrow missed most of training camp after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2023 Nonetheless, Martinez — who’d had an appendectomy in July — took the mound. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 2 Aug. 2023 While making positive steps in his recovery, Dellavedova underwent an appendectomy, extending his absence. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 11 Mar. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Latin appendic-, appendix + English -ectomy

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appendectomy was in 1891

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“Appendectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appendectomy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

appendectomy

noun
ap·​pen·​dec·​to·​my ˌap-ən-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce appendectomy (audio)
ˌap-ˌen-
plural appendectomies
: surgical removal of the human appendix

Medical Definition

appendectomy

noun
ap·​pen·​dec·​to·​my ˌap-ən-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce appendectomy (audio)
plural appendectomies
: surgical removal of the vermiform appendix

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