oo·pho·rec·to·my | \ˌō-ə-fə-ˈrek-tə-mē \
plural oophorectomies

Definition of oophorectomy 

: the surgical removal of an ovary

called also ovariectomy

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In the majority of cases, women who undergo mastectomy also opt for implant reconstruction, and women who undergo salpingo-oophorectomy begin taking synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Katherine Drabiak, Washington Post, "As more women turn to genetic testing for breast cancer, understanding risk is key," 25 June 2018 And, while not considered a first line of treatment for endometriosis, some people with severe cases may choose to have a hysterectomy to remove the uterus, an oophorectomy to remove the ovaries, or a salpingectomy to remove the fallopian tubes. Korin Miller, SELF, "Halsey Is Freezing Her Eggs at Age 23 Due to Her Endometriosis and Previous Miscarriage," 27 Apr. 2018 Still, if the pain doesn’t go away after multiple laparoscopies, a woman may elect to do a hysterectomy and oophorectomy to remove the uterus and target estrogen production. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Lena Dunham Had a Total Hysterectomy to Treat Her Endometriosis," 14 Feb. 2018 Removing both the ovaries and fallopian tubes, in a procedure known as a salpingo-oophorectomy, is also an option that may make sense depending on a person’s situation. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Lena Dunham Had a Total Hysterectomy to Treat Her Endometriosis," 14 Feb. 2018 All of the women reached menopause naturally, none because of a hysterectomy, oophorectomy, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Younger women who are underweight may be more prone to early menopause," 29 Oct. 2017 The surgery is known as a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO). Korin Miller, SELF, "Christina Applegate Had Her Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes Removed to Reduce Her Cancer Risk," 12 Oct. 2017 Depending on the location of the pregnancy, other excisions, such as an oophorectomy (removal of the ovary) might be needed in place of or in addition to the salpingectomy. Joanna Petrone, Longreads, "Pregnant, then Ruptured," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of oophorectomy

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oophorectomy

New Latin oophoron ovary (from o- + Greek -phoron, neuter of -phoros -phore) + English -ectomy

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oo·pho·rec·to·my | \ˌō-ə-fə-ˈrek-tə-mē \
plural oophorectomies

Medical Definition of oophorectomy 

: the surgical removal of an ovary

called also ovariectomy

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