hys·​ter·​ec·​to·​my | \ ˌhi-stə-ˈrek-tə-mē How to pronounce hysterectomy (audio) \
plural hysterectomies

Definition of hysterectomy

: surgical removal of the uterus

Other Words from hysterectomy

hysterectomized \ ˌhi-​stə-​ˈrek-​tə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce hysterectomy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hysterectomy in a Sentence

a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies
Recent Examples on the Web The voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was given a hysterectomy without her consent in 1961 when undergoing removal of a uterine tumor by a white physician. New York Times, 8 June 2022 Treatment typically requires a complete hysterectomy, with surgical removal of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix. New York Times, 17 June 2022 The comedian, who had a hysterectomy because of her endometriosis, starred in an ad campaign for Tampax. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 13 June 2022 Some experts will consider prophylactic surgery if the woman needs surgery anyway, such as removing the ovaries as well during a hysterectomy for fibroids. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 June 2022 She was airlifted back home and later had a hysterectomy. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 8 May 2022 A month after the hysterectomy, Calloway-Fields discovered a lump in her breast. al, 12 Apr. 2022 Evert's cancer was found following a preventive hysterectomy. Korin Miller, Health.com, 18 Jan. 2022 Sandra Lee is continuing to update fans and followers regarding her condition after undergoing a hysterectomy on Tuesday. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hysterectomy

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Hysterectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterectomy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hysterectomy


hys·​ter·​ec·​to·​my | \ ˌhis-tə-ˈrek-tə-mē How to pronounce hysterectomy (audio) \
plural hysterectomies

Medical Definition of hysterectomy

Other Words from hysterectomy

hysterectomized also British hysterectomised \ -​tə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce hysterectomy (audio) \ adjective

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