lobotomy

noun
lo·​bot·​o·​my | \lō-ˈbä-tə-mē \
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 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 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. Mitch Stacy, chicagotribune.com, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 10 July 2018 According to her Lahey doctors, the lobotomy was a success. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 Citing the growing literature on psychogenesis, a neurosurgeon suggested a lobotomy. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 Yet what Trump either doesn’t know or refuses to acknowledge is that a reported 50,000 people received lobotomies from 1949 to 1952. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Devastating Our Mental Health With His Policies and Rhetoric," 12 June 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 \
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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