cryo·​sur·​gery | \ ˌkrī-ō-ˈsərj-rē How to pronounce cryosurgery (audio) , -ˈsər-jə- \

Definition of cryosurgery

: surgery in which usually diseased or abnormal tissue (as of a tumor or wart) is destroyed or removed by freezing (as by liquid nitrogen)

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Other Words from cryosurgery

cryosurgeon \ ˌkrī-​ō-​ˈsər-​jən How to pronounce cryosurgeon (audio) \ noun
cryosurgical \ ˌkrī-​ō-​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce cryosurgical (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cryosurgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because studies of the long-term results of third-generation cryosurgery are not available, some medical professionals, including California Cancer Associates’ Anthony, do not recommend it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Conquering reservations about prostate cancer exam could be lifesaving act," 7 Oct. 2019 Current treatments are cryosurgery or freezing, burning, cutting, or scraping the growths off, all more invasive and potentially painful options, the company said. Linda Loyd,, "FDA approves Aclaris' treatment for a common skin condition," 15 Dec. 2017 Today’s surgeons have everything from lasers to cryosurgery—the freezing of abnormal tissue—at their disposal. The Economist, "Knives, beams, drugs and antibodiesToday’s anti-cancer tools are ever better wielded," 14 Sep. 2017 Others being developed include ultrasound therapy using soundwaves to kill the cancer cells and cryosurgery in which the cancer cells are killed by being frozen. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Prostate cancer: Survival stats and treatments," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cryosurgery

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryosurgery

cryo- + surgery

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The first known use of cryosurgery was in 1962

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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cryosurgery.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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cryo·​sur·​gery | \ ˌkrī-ō-ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce cryosurgery (audio) \
plural cryosurgeries

Medical Definition of cryosurgery

: surgery in which diseased or abnormal tissue (as a tumor or wart) is destroyed or removed by freezing (as by the use of liquid nitrogen)

Other Words from cryosurgery

cryosurgical \ -​ji-​kəl How to pronounce cryosurgical (audio) \ adjective

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