leu·​kot·​o·​my | \ lü-ˈkä-tə-mē How to pronounce leukotomy (audio) \
plural leukotomies

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Recent Examples on the Web Leading up to the invention of the lobotomy—or leukotomy, as it was also called—doctors like Swiss psychiatrist Gottlieb Burckhardt experimented with removing parts of the brain as a way to ameliorate the symptoms of mental illness. Lyz Lenz, Marie Claire, "The Secret Lobotomy of Rosemary Kennedy," 31 Mar. 2017

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Leukotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leukotomy. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British leucotomy \ lü-​ˈkät-​ə-​mē How to pronounce leucotomy (audio) \
plural leukotomies

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