orchiectomy

noun
or·chi·ec·to·my | \ˌȯr-kē-ˈek-tə-mē \
plural orchiectomies

Definition of orchiectomy 

: surgical removal of one or both testes

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That leads to denials when, say, a doctor seeks reimbursement for a transgender woman's orchiectomy. CNN, "To be herself, she needs to change her body. But first, comes the battle with insurers," 31 May 2018 Silletti started performing orchiectomies on transgender patients in 2013. CNN, "To be herself, she needs to change her body. But first, comes the battle with insurers," 31 May 2018 The treatment is called an orchiectomy, which is the removal of the testis via the lower abdomen wall. Luke O'neil, Esquire, "What Testicular Cancer, Excessive Radiation, and Divorce Can Do to a Man," 14 Dec. 2017 Dos Santos said Wright has requested an orchiectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the testicles, before she is released from state custody next year. OregonLive.com, "State settles suit filed by transgender inmate," 24 Oct. 2017 And so the doctor scheduled an orchiectomy — or surgical removal of the testicle — to help alleviate Hanes's pain. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "He underwent surgery to remove his right testicle. When he woke up, his left one was missing.," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of orchiectomy

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orchiectomy

Greek órchis "testicle" + -ectomy — more at orchis

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orchiectomy

noun
or·chi·ec·to·my | \ˌȯr-kē-ˈek-tə-mē \
variants: also orchectomy \ȯr-ˈkek-tə-mē \
plural orchiectomies

Medical Definition of orchiectomy 

: surgical excision of a testis or of both testes

called also orchidectomy

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