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

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Other Words from hysterectomy

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

Examples of hysterectomy in a Sentence

a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies

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For epithelial cancer, surgical treatment usually involves removing the uterus (a hysterectomy), ovaries, and fallopian tubes, although these may be done at different times in order to see where the cancer has spread. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Your BRCA Status May Impact Your Ovarian Cancer Treatment," 17 Dec. 2018 The New Zealander has since had surgery to remove the growths and a full hysterectomy, and is now undergoing chemotherapy. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Woman with 14 pounds of ovarian tumors thought she was 'bloated'," 9 Aug. 2018 Both egg and embryo freezing may be useful if someone with endometriosis decides to get a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and potentially other organs) to try to treat their condition. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019 In California and Texas, courts are dealing with lawsuits over the refusal of hospitals, citing religious beliefs, to perform hysterectomies on people transitioning from female to male. Mark Sherman, Fox News, "Baker decision not Supreme Court's last word on LGBT rights," 4 June 2018 Now, robots are often used in surgeries to remove gall bladders and in hysterectomies. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson to Buy Surgical Robotics Maker," 13 Feb. 2019 In many cases, an oophorectomy may be combined with another procedure, such as a hysterectomy, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Lena Dunham Reveals She Had Surgery to Remove an Ovary That Was 'Encased in Scar Tissue'," 17 Oct. 2018 After being diagnosed with an additional mental health condition and undergoing stressful medical ordeals to treat her endometriosis (including a total hysterectomy earlier this year), Dunham’s anxiety only grew. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Lena Dunham Says She's 6 Months Sober After Years of 'Misusing' Her Anti-Anxiety Medication," 30 Oct. 2018 An informal poll of friends turned up a list of inaccurate self-diagnoses that included malaria, multiple sclerosis, West Nile virus, a femoral hernia, cancer and a post-hysterectomy pregnancy. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "For people with severe health anxiety, the Internet can be a terrible place," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hysterectomy

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hysterectomy

medical : an operation to remove a woman's uterus


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 hysterectomised (audio) \ adjective

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