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 hysterectomy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hysterectomy in a Sentence

a surgeon who has performed many hysterectomies
Recent Examples on the Web Alternatives to hysterectomy in the management of leiomyomas. Noel Mumford, Essence, 27 May 2021 Hispanic women are 63% more likely than white women to have a hysterectomy. Deb Gordon, Forbes, 20 May 2021 After undergoing an unauthorized hysterectomy, another patient said her bladder was perforated, leading to a six-day hospital stay. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Doctors questioned my decision to have a hysterectomy straight away. New York Times, 3 May 2021 In 2019, a state appeals court reinstated a suit by a transgender man who said a Dignity hospital discriminated by refusing to perform a hysterectomy on him, and referred him elsewhere only after the story hit the local airwaves. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2021 Also head of her own book imprint at Random House, endometriosis and hysterectomy survivor, and oversharer. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021 Andrews' bill, House File 684, was short, and only said that health care professionals cannot require that women provide permission, either from their spouse or another person, before performing a hysterectomy. Sean Neumann, PEOPLE.com, 6 Apr. 2021 Older women and those who’ve had a hysterectomy should consult their doctors. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hysterectomy

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hysterectomy was in 1872

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16 Jun 2021

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“Hysterectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterectomy. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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 hysterectomy (audio) \ adjective

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