cho·​le·​cys·​tec·​to·​my | \ ˌkō-lə-(ˌ)si-ˈstek-tə-mē How to pronounce cholecystectomy (audio) \
plural cholecystectomies

Definition of cholecystectomy

: surgical excision of the gallbladder

Other Words from cholecystectomy

cholecystectomized \ ˌkō-​lə-​(ˌ)si-​ˈstek-​tə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce cholecystectomy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cholecystectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 More rarely, doctors will have do an open cholecystectomy, which involves removing the organ through one larger abdominal incision. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 Dec. 2017 Most people who get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy get discharged on the same day and can resume normal physical activity after a week, according to the NIDDK. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cholecystectomy

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholecystectomy

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

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cho·​le·​cys·​tec·​to·​my | \ ˌkō-lə-(ˌ)sis-ˈtek-tə-mē How to pronounce cholecystectomy (audio) \
plural cholecystectomies

Medical Definition of cholecystectomy

: surgical excision of the gallbladder


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