Definition of appendectomy
: surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
Examples of appendectomy in a Sentence
The surgeon performed an appendectomy on her.
Recent Examples of appendectomy from the Web
One unexpected challenge facing the younger Johnson were lingering effects from an appendectomy in December.
A chronic illness can land someone in this category but, given the increasing prevalence of high-deductible plans, so can something as simple as a broken bone or an emergency appendectomy.
This means one of four appendectomy patients underwent unnecessary surgery, racking up unwarranted health care costs and needlessly being put at risk of infection and complications.
Surgeons who can do appendectomies in their sleep will probably think anything above 10 percent is unacceptable.
And the price problem extends well beyond drugs: Open heart surgery is 70% more than the next highest country; an appendectomy over two times more.
Darling was 18-5-5 this season for the Hawks and filled in for Crawford in December when Crawford missed nine consecutive games after undergoing an appendectomy.
O’Malley was dealing with the shoulder issues before undergoing an appendectomy this spring.
A bogus report that a spider climbed into a man's appendectomy scar, for instance, made the rounds online, but spiders don’t burrow into wounds, and certainly can’t climb around under your skin.
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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: 1891See Words from the same year
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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