lar·​yn·​gec·​to·​my | \ ˌler-ən-ˈjek-tə-ˌmē How to pronounce laryngectomy (audio) , ˌla-rən- \
plural laryngectomies

Definition of laryngectomy

: surgical removal of all or part of the larynx

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Other Words from laryngectomy

laryngectomized \ ˌler-​ən-​ˈjek-​tə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce laryngectomized (audio) , ˌla-​rən-​ \ adjective

Examples of laryngectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kuzma had a total laryngectomy in September 2018, per, along with 30 radiation and five chemotherapy treatments. Korin Miller,, "This 32-Year-Old Teacher Wrote Her Own Obituary Before Dying of Cancer—and Now It's Going Viral," 8 Oct. 2019 Kuzma then had a total laryngectomy at the Cleveland Clinic and underwent 30 radiation and five chemotherapy treatments. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Pennsylvania teacher who died from cancer penned encouraging obit before death," 5 Oct. 2019 He was beset by health problems (cancer of the jaw, a heart attack, cancer of the larynx and a laryngectomy), which must have been not only excruciatingly painful but also socially mortifying. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Something Wonderful’ Review: The Winning Marquee," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of laryngectomy

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laryngectomy was circa 1888

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Laryngectomy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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lar·​yn·​gec·​to·​my | \ -ˈjek-tə-mē How to pronounce laryngectomy (audio) \
plural laryngectomies

Medical Definition of laryngectomy

: surgical removal of all or part of the larynx

Other Words from laryngectomy

laryngectomized \ -​tə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce laryngectomized (audio) \ adjective

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