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

Examples of leukotomy in a Sentence

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, 31 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leukotomy was in 1937

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“Leukotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leukotomy. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British leucotomy
plural leukotomies
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