hy·​poph·​y·​sec·​to·​mize (ˌ)hī-ˌpä-fə-ˈsek-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce hypophysectomize (audio)
hypophysectomized; hypophysectomizing

transitive verb

: to remove the pituitary gland from

Word History


hypophysectomy + -ize

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypophysectomize was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Hypophysectomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypophysectomize. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants or chiefly British hypophysectomise
hypophysectomized or chiefly British hypophysectomised; hypophysectomizing or chiefly British hypophysectomising
: to remove the pituitary gland from
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