gastrectomy

noun
gas·​trec·​to·​my | \ ga-ˈstrek-tə-mē How to pronounce gastrectomy (audio) \
plural gastrectomies

Definition of gastrectomy

: 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.

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Recent Examples on the Web In July 2017, Stolfi, 19, decided to undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Get Inspired by These Incredible Weight Loss Transformations," 30 Dec. 2019 The treatment protocol would include chemotherapy, followed by a gastrectomy with the possibility of radiation. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "A cancer fight waged privately in the shadow of Michigan's capital," 26 Nov. 2019 That research involved analyzing data on 3,705 patients ages 19 and younger with a BMI of at least 30 who underwent either gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy between 2015 and 2017. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Pediatricians endorse weight loss surgery for severely obese kids and teens: 'It changed my life'," 27 Oct. 2019 Feinstein underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, which was performed robotically. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Pediatricians endorse weight loss surgery for severely obese kids and teens: 'It changed my life'," 27 Oct. 2019 The first step was to lose approximately 100 pounds before having a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in December 2016. Des Bieler, chicagotribune.com, "He weighed 650 pounds in 2016. Now 475 pounds lighter, he completed his first marathon.," 23 Oct. 2019 The majority of patients had undergone gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, while a smaller number had adjustable gastric banding or a duodenal switch procedure. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Heart Risks in People With Type 2 Diabetes," 2 Sep. 2019 The Losing Continues Though just weeks away from her sentencing, Miller underwent a sleeve gastrectomy in Los Angeles, removing nearly 80 percent of her stomach in hopes of losing weight. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "From Dance Moms to 8 Months in Prison: Abby Lee Miller's Ups and Downs," 28 Mar. 2018 Last April, prior to her sentencing, the dance instructor underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure that reduced her stomach by 80 percent. Fox News, "Abby Lee Miller reportedly released from prison," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gastrectomy

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Gastrectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gastrectomy. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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gastrectomy

noun
gas·​trec·​to·​my | \ ga-ˈstrek-tə-mē How to pronounce gastrectomy (audio) \
plural gastrectomies

Medical Definition of gastrectomy

: surgical removal of all or part of the stomach

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