hys·ter·ec·to·my | \ˌhi-stə-ˈrek-tə-mē \
plural hysterectomies

Definition of hysterectomy 

: surgical removal of the uterus

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hysterectomized \ˌhi-stə-ˈrek-tə-ˌmīzd \ adjective

Examples of hysterectomy in a Sentence

a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies

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It is also used to treat side effects of a hysterectomy or chemotherapy. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is the Latest Cosmetic Trend to Hit Hollywood," 12 July 2018 But after my hysterectomy, this emotional wall came crashing down. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "You Don’t Need a Uterus to Be a Woman," 8 Mar. 2018 Leinfelder gathered data, collected testimony and counseled nearly 100 women who complained about unwanted pregnancies, hysterectomies and debilitating side effects from Essure. Vikki Ortiz Healy, chicagotribune.com, "'We want to make our voices heard:' Women battle FDA over contraceptive device they say made them sick," 8 May 2018 There is limited research showing the efficacy of biopsies in hysterectomies for fibroids. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "CDC Eyes Review of Gynecological Cancer Screens," 2 May 2018 Related Under the Obama-era rule, a hospital could be required to perform gender-transition procedures such as hysterectomies if the facility provided that kind of treatment for other medical conditions. NBC News, "Struggle for transgender rights shifts to health care," 30 Apr. 2018 Under the Obama-era rule, a hospital could be required to perform gender-transition procedures such as hysterectomies if the facility provided that kind of treatment for other medical conditions. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, chicagotribune.com, "Health care is new front for transgender rights under Trump," 29 Apr. 2018 For certain types of knee surgery, such as arthroscopic meniscectomy, the guidelines recommend no more than 12 pills upon discharge, while a patient going home after an open hysterectomy could require as many as 20. Julie Appleby, chicagotribune.com, "Doling out pain pills post-surgery: An ingrown toenail not the same as a bypass," 27 June 2018 Treatment for cervical cancer may involve a hysterectomy, radiation, or chemotherapy. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "7 Period Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore," 8 Mar. 2018

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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 \
plural hysterectomies

Medical Definition of hysterectomy 

Other Words from hysterectomy

hysterectomized also British hysterectomised \-tə-ˌmīzd \ adjective

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