gastrectomy

noun

gas·​trec·​to·​my ga-ˈstrek-tə-mē How to pronounce gastrectomy (audio)
plural gastrectomies
: surgical removal of all or part of the stomach

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Gastr- comes from the Greek word for "belly", and shows up in English in such words as gastric ("relating to the stomach") and gastronomy ("the cooking and eating of fine food"). Believe it or not, there are many people today who have had a gastrectomy and live without a stomach; some of them need to eat fairly steadily and carefully through the day, but many lead almost completely normal and even vigorous lives.

Examples of gastrectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common type of surgery is a sleeve gastrectomy, which involves removing about 80% of the stomach. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 14 July 2023 But in several other New York City area ZIP codes the price charged for the gastrectomy procedure hovers around $20,000, according to the databank. Fred Schulte, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2023 Wallace, the Brooklyn legal assistant, was billed $60,500 for her lap sleeve gastrectomy, though how much her insurance actually paid remains to be hashed out in court. Fred Schulte, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2023 The most common bariatric procedures for people with Type 2 diabetes are Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy. Markham Heid, Time, 3 Nov. 2022 The complaint states that the child will develop cancer without a preventive gastrectomy, or stomach removal. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 One 2020 study found that, three to six years following a sleeve gastrectomy or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, about one-quarter of patients had regained their weight. Markham Heid, Time, 3 Nov. 2022 Of those in the surgery group, 3348 had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and 1705 a sleeve gastrectomy. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Since a sleeve gastrectomy surgery removes a portion of the stomach, those who undergo the surgery must commit to a string of changes in their diet and fitness routines. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gastrectomy was in 1886

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“Gastrectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gastrectomy. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

gastrectomy

noun
gas·​trec·​to·​my ga-ˈstrek-tə-mē How to pronounce gastrectomy (audio)
plural gastrectomies
: surgical removal of all or part of the stomach

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