li·​po·​suc·​tion ˈlī-pə-ˌsək-shən How to pronounce liposuction (audio) ˈli- How to pronounce liposuction (audio)
: surgical removal of local fat deposits (as in the thighs) especially for cosmetic purposes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas also had liposuction to her back, arms and stomach under Bafitis’ care. Howard Cohen Miami Herald (tns), al, 26 July 2022 In its Florida and California lawsuits, the FDA targeted a widespread practice utilized by both clinics in which fat cells are extracted from a customer by liposuction. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 The newest space offers dentistry services of all kinds, but also can supply cosmetic medical services, including breast augmentation, liposuction, Brazilian butt lifts and more. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 23 Aug. 2022 Last week, an autopsy report revealed that Mary Jane Thomas, the wife of country singer Hank Williams Jr., died in March of a collapsed lung that was punctured during a liposuction surgery. Vanessa Etienne,, 1 Aug. 2022 Additionally, liposuction carries other risks like chronic pain, unevenness or lumpiness, or heart attacks, which Obeng says can be a risk for any surgery with general anesthesia. Vanessa Etienne,, 1 Aug. 2022 Thomas, 58, traveled from Tennessee to Florida for liposuction and a procedure to remove previous breast implants with a breast lift at Bafitis Plastic Surgery, located in Jupiter, investigators say in the documents obtained by USA TODAY. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 Like any surgery, liposuction — which involves suctioning off fat deposits from different parts of the body — carries risks, and complications can result, in rare cases, in death. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 July 2022 Moreover, these decisions in D.C. have left the many asylum-seekers like Claudia fenced off in Mexico’s northernmost cities beneath advertisements for popcorn chicken buckets and cheap liposuction. Eli Cahan, Rolling Stone, 23 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of liposuction was in 1983

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“Liposuction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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li·​po·​suc·​tion ˈlip-ə-ˌsək-shən How to pronounce liposuction (audio) ˈlī-pə- How to pronounce liposuction (audio)
: the surgical removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin (as of the thighs)

Medical Definition



li·​po·​suc·​tion -ˌsək-shən How to pronounce liposuction (audio)
: surgical removal of local fat deposits (as in the thighs) especially for cosmetic purposes by applying suction through a small tube inserted into the body

called also suction lipectomy

liposuction transitive verb

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