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

Definition of hysterectomy 

: surgical removal of the uterus

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Other Words from hysterectomy

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

Examples of hysterectomy in a Sentence

a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies

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Her mother had scar tissue after a hysterectomy, and with that came a long-standing prescription for OxyContin. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Mommy's Little Helper:," 13 Aug. 2016 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Lena has had several surgeries to treat her endometriosis, including a hysterectomy in February. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Lena Dunham Had Surgery to Remove Her Left Ovary," 17 Oct. 2018 In the nine months since Lena Dunham underwent a hysterectomy to treat her endometriosis, she's gone through something of a rebirth. Andrea Park, SELF, "Lena Dunham Celebrates the 9-Month Anniversary of Her Hysterectomy With a Heartfelt Instagram Post," 15 Aug. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "As Supreme Court nears wedding cake decision, more LGBT rights issues loom," 26 May 2018 Coping with the news Tammy had to have a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. Alexandra Rockey Fleming, Good Housekeeping, "Husband Documents What It's Like to Watch His Young Wife Battle Cancer," 10 Aug. 2017 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

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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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