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 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, "Woman gets $10.5M after Louisville hospital left sponge inside her, leading to amputation," 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, "An affordable necessityBoth in rich and poor countries, universal health care brings huge benefits," 26 Apr. 2018 Volunteers stitched laparotomy pads, fabric items used in surgery to keep a soldier’s insides inside. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering the great things the Red Cross did during the Great War," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of laparotomy

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laparotomy was in 1878

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5 Jan 2020

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“Laparotomy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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