hys·​ter·​ec·​to·​my ˌhi-stə-ˈrek-tə-mē How to pronounce hysterectomy (audio)
plural hysterectomies
: surgical removal of the uterus
hysterectomized adjective

Examples of hysterectomy in a Sentence

a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies
Recent Examples on the Web Her foster mother, with the support of government social workers, sought a hysterectomy to manage her periods. Sarah Hurtes, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Treatment usually includes surgery to remove the uterus, called a hysterectomy. Jenny McCoy, Health, 10 Nov. 2023 In fact, one attorney representing thousands of women said more than 90% of them have had hysterectomies. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2023 Most treatments for womb cancer result in infertility, and Black women are more likely to undergo hysterectomies. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2023 The burden has pushed many Black people—like the women from Dr. Marsh’s childhood—to have their uteruses removed altogether via a hysterectomy. Adele Jackson-Gibson, SELF, 25 July 2023 Molly detailed her recent hysterectomy and her disappointment that Kelly did not take care of her, get her flowers, or a card. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 If a uterine rupture results in excessive bleeding, a patient may have to undergo a blood transfusion or an emergency hysterectomy, explains William Grobman, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. Lisa Milbrand, Parents, 20 Sep. 2023 Martin shared the success of her four-hour surgery in July but also laid out what the next steps of treatment could look like: a full hysterectomy to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to decrease risk of ovarian cancer, and possible chemotherapy. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hysterectomy was in 1872

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“Hysterectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterectomy. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


hys·​ter·​ec·​to·​my ˌhis-tə-ˈrek-tə-mē How to pronounce hysterectomy (audio)
plural hysterectomies
hysterectomized adjective
also British hysterectomised

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