lap·​a·​rot·​o·​my | \ ˌla-pə-ˈrä-tə-mē How to pronounce laparotomy (audio) \
plural laparotomies

Definition of laparotomy

: surgical incision of the abdominal wall

Examples of laparotomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is a laparotomy, otherwise known as open surgery, where the surgeon makes a five to 10 cm incision to access the area. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Konin was then rushed to the hospital to undergo a laparotomy, according to the GoFundMe. Joelle Goldstein,, 17 June 2021 This time that information was shared with Boerste, according to Bolus, and the sponge was removed through a laparotomy to her abdomen. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 30 Dec. 2019 Another study, in 2015, for the Lancet, a medical journal, estimated that 5bn people around the world cannot get basic surgery such as a caesarean section, a laparotomy (an incision into the abdominal wall) or a repair for a fractured bone. The Economist, 26 Apr. 2018 Volunteers stitched laparotomy pads, fabric items used in surgery to keep a soldier’s insides inside. John Kelly, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of laparotomy

1878, in the meaning defined above

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lap·​a·​rot·​o·​my | \ ˌlap-ə-ˈrät-ə-mē How to pronounce laparotomy (audio) \
plural laparotomies

Medical Definition of laparotomy

: surgical section of the abdominal wall


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