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

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Claims haven’t panned out for hysterectomies, and the Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety notice about the use of robots in cancer surgeries. NBC News, "Hospitals are offering free hernia screenings, but do patients need them?," 23 July 2019 Women with this condition either are born without an intact uterus or have had uterine damage through an infection, procedure or hysterectomy. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A woman delivered the first baby in the US born from the transplanted uterus of a dead donor," 9 July 2019 Beyond your genetic background, the biggest risks associated with early menopause are smoking, cancer treatments, and hysterectomy — which removes the uterus but leaves the ovaries intact, and can allow menstruation to continue. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "What Age Does Menopause Start? Here’s How to Spot the First Signs," 27 May 2019 Things like having a hysterectomy or undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy can put a person into menopause earlier than this. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 Warnings about the cancer-spreading risks associated with power morcellators and the subsequent decline in the devices’ use haven’t triggered a sustained rise in open surgery for hysterectomy patients as some critics feared, a new study has found. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hysterectomy-Tool Warnings Didn’t Trigger Long-Term Return to Open Surgery," 12 Mar. 2019 For epithelial cancer, surgical treatment usually involves removing the uterus (a hysterectomy), ovaries, and fallopian tubes, although these may be done at different times in order to see where the cancer has spread. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Your BRCA Status May Impact Your Ovarian Cancer Treatment," 17 Dec. 2018 The New Zealander has since had surgery to remove the growths and a full hysterectomy, and is now undergoing chemotherapy. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Woman with 14 pounds of ovarian tumors thought she was 'bloated'," 9 Aug. 2018 Both egg and embryo freezing may be useful if someone with endometriosis decides to get a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and potentially other organs) to try to treat their condition. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of hysterectomy

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 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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