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
Recent Examples on the Web Removing the uterus in a hysterectomy is often recommended, sometimes even for women of childbearing age. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Medical bias: From pain pills to COVID-19, racial discrimination in health care festers," 15 June 2020 Six months of treatment followed, including nine weeks of chemo and major debulking (tumor-removal) surgery that involved a total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removing both ovaries and fallopian tubes). Jennifer Garam, SELF, "14 of the Best Gifts I Received During Cancer Treatment," 21 Feb. 2020 One in five patients may get a surprise medical bill after non-emergency surgeries such as a knee replacement or hysterectomy, according to a new study. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Unexpected shock: Surprise medical bills hit 1 in 5 surgery patients, study says," 12 Feb. 2020 On top of that, hospitals are bracing for a huge backlog of women whose delayed breast cancer surgeries will put them in competition with patients whose knee replacements, hysterectomies and other elective surgeries were postponed as well. Joel Rubinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus is forcing breast cancer patients to make tough decisions," 12 Apr. 2020 Lydia Brain was diagnosed with womb cancer in 2016 and had to undergo a full hysterectomy at just 24 years old. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, "I Was Ghosted By My Friends When I Got Cancer," 20 Feb. 2020 Danielle, who is 34, had a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in 2013. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Their dreams of having a baby with IVF are being postponed because of coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 Johannesson says the hysterectomy can take place anywhere from a year to five years after the initial transplant. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Uterine Transplants, Plus Who Can Benefit From the Procedure," 17 Feb. 2020 Women who have this medical procedure in the second trimester of a pregnancy face a greater risk of hemorrhage and other complications like uterine perforation, which may require further surgery or even a hysterectomy to address. Yana Rodgers, The Conversation, "Delaying ‘nonessential’ abortions during coronavirus crisis endangers women’s health and financial future," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hysterectomy

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hysterectomy was circa 1886

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“Hysterectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterectomy. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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