cho·​le·​cys·​tec·​to·​my ˌkō-lə-(ˌ)si-ˈstek-tə-mē How to pronounce cholecystectomy (audio)
plural cholecystectomies
: surgical excision of the gallbladder
cholecystectomized adjective

Examples of cholecystectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gallstone removal or even complete removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) could be recommended by the veterinarian. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 The surgical procedure for removing the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy, per the Mayo website. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023 The same incision had been used to perform a liver resection and a cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder), following the initial procedure. Maggie O'Neill,, 10 June 2020 In a sneak peek at the episode, which will be a crossover with fellow Shondaland series Station 19, Tess comes over to watch Richard practicing a Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal, for those of us who didn’t go to medical school). Kaitlin Reilly,, 27 Feb. 2020 The gallbladder removal that Max describes likely cost significantly more than a standard laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and the patient would have gone home two hours after the operation in either case. The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2019 While her baby was in another room being treated for low body temperature and jaundice, Cotterell underwent a cholecystectomy. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2019 Also known as a cholecystectomy, this is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. Korin Miller, SELF, 30 May 2018 Laparoscopic cholecystectomies are most common, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


New Latin cholecystis gallbladder (from chol- + Greek kystis bladder) + International Scientific Vocabulary -ectomy — more at cyst

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cholecystectomy was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Cholecystectomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


cho·​le·​cys·​tec·​to·​my ˌkō-lə-(ˌ)sis-ˈtek-tə-mē How to pronounce cholecystectomy (audio)
plural cholecystectomies
: surgical excision of the gallbladder
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