lobotomy

noun
lo·​bot·​o·​my | \ lō-ˈbä-tə-mē How to pronounce lobotomy (audio) \
plural lobotomies

Definition of lobotomy

: surgical severance of nerve fibers connecting the frontal lobes to the thalamus that has been performed especially formerly chiefly to treat mental illness

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Displayed nearby are gleaming medical picks that belonged to Dr. Walter J. Freeman, a physician who specialized in lobotomies and botched the procedure on Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of President John F. Kennedy. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018 Displayed nearby are gleaming medical picks that belonged to Dr. Walter J. Freeman, a physician who specialized in lobotomies and botched the procedure on Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of President John F. Kennedy. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018 One crew member immediately runs afoul of a viral shaming campaign, for which the penalty of not getting enough upvotes is a lobotomy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 Displayed nearby are gleaming medical picks that belonged to Dr. Walter J. Freeman, a physician who specialized in lobotomies and botched the procedure on Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of President John F. Kennedy. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018 Displayed nearby are gleaming medical picks that belonged to Dr. Walter J. Freeman, a physician who specialized in lobotomies and botched the procedure on Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of President John F. Kennedy. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018 Displayed nearby are gleaming medical picks that belonged to Dr. Walter J. Freeman, a physician who specialized in lobotomies and botched the procedure on Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of President John F. Kennedy. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018 Rosemary had been an active member of the Kennedy family until her father agreed to a lobotomy for Rosemary in 1941. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 Displayed nearby are gleaming medical picks that belonged to Dr. Walter J. Freeman, a physician who specialized in lobotomies and botched the procedure on Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of President John F. Kennedy. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of lobotomy

1936, in the meaning defined above

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lobotomy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lobotomy

medical : an operation in which part of the brain is cut in order to treat some mental disorders

lobotomy

noun
lo·​bot·​o·​my | \ lō-ˈbät-ə-mē How to pronounce lobotomy (audio) \
plural lobotomies

Medical Definition of lobotomy

: surgical severance of nerve fibers connecting the frontal lobes to the thalamus that has been performed especially formerly chiefly to treat mental illness

called also leukotomy

— compare lobectomy

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