nephrectomy

noun

ne·​phrec·​to·​my ni-ˈfrek-tə-mē How to pronounce nephrectomy (audio)
plural nephrectomies
: the surgical removal of a kidney
nephrectomize transitive verb

Examples of nephrectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trial involved roughly 1,000 people undergoing nephrectomy who were at high risk for cancer recurrence. Markham Heid, Time, 26 Dec. 2022 For these patients, treatment usually involves a nephrectomy, which is the surgical removal of one or both of the kidneys. Markham Heid, Time, 26 Dec. 2022 Unfortunately, many people who undergo a nephrectomy for high-risk disease—between 20% to 50%, according to recent estimates—will eventually go on to develop metastatic cancer. Markham Heid, Time, 26 Dec. 2022 Nearly all people who have kidney cancer that has not spread to other organs undergo a surgical procedure called a nephrectomy. Markham Heid, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 My husband underwent a partial nephrectomy, an unpleasant physical recovery and an emotional whirlwind, but we were done. Rebecca Sugar, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2021 In early March, the Gov will undergo a partial nephrectomy to remove the tumor. Tara Law, Time, 23 Feb. 2020 Unbelievably grateful to be back home after a successful partial nephrectomy surgery. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nephrectomy was in 1880

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“Nephrectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nephrectomy. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

nephrectomy

noun
ne·​phrec·​to·​my ni-ˈfrek-tə-mē How to pronounce nephrectomy (audio)
plural nephrectomies
: the surgical removal of a kidney

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