hemispherectomy

noun

hemi·​spher·​ec·​to·​my ˌhe-mi-sfi-ˈrek-tə-mē How to pronounce hemispherectomy (audio)
plural hemispherectomies
: surgical removal of a cerebral hemisphere

Examples of hemispherectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The earlier in life a patient undergoes a hemispherectomy, the better. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2023 Brianna Bodley, who was diagnosed with Rasmussen’s encephalitis in August 2022, is in recovery from the functional hemispherectomy on Sept. 28, according to a GoFundMe page organized by her mother Crystal Bodley. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 9 Oct. 2023 Another neuroscience case that Boaler discusses is Cameron Mott, who had a hemispherectomy (removal of the entire left hemisphere of the brain) at age 9, to treat epilepsy. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hemispherectomy was circa 1941

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“Hemispherectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemispherectomy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

hemispherectomy

noun
hemi·​spher·​ec·​to·​my ˌhem-i-sfi-ˈrek-tə-mē How to pronounce hemispherectomy (audio)
plural hemispherectomies
: surgical removal of a cerebral hemisphere (as to control severe epileptic seizures)
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