laparotomy

noun lap·a·rot·o·my \ ˌla-pə-ˈrä-tə-mē \
|Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of laparotomy

plural laparotomies
: surgical incision of the abdominal wall

Recent Examples of laparotomy from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'laparotomy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of laparotomy

1878

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

laparotomy

noun lap·a·rot·o·my \ ˌlap-ə-ˈrät-ə-mē \

medical Definition of laparotomy

plural laparotomies
: surgical section of the abdominal wall

Learn More about laparotomy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up laparotomy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a figure representing a hated person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!