cholecystectomy

noun
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

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Other Words from cholecystectomy

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

Examples of cholecystectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Mail," 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, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Also known as a cholecystectomy, this is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here Are All the Things That Can Cause Bizarre Green Poop," 30 May 2018 Laparoscopic cholecystectomies are most common, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "Gallbladder Removal Is Surprisingly Common—Here’s What to Expect Before, During, and After," 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, "Gallbladder Removal Is Surprisingly Common—Here’s What to Expect Before, During, and After," 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, "Gallbladder Removal Is Surprisingly Common—Here’s What to Expect Before, During, and After," 24 Dec. 2017

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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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The first known use of cholecystectomy was in 1885

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“Cholecystectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholecystectomy. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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cholecystectomy

noun
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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