ovari·​ec·​to·​my ō-ˌver-ē-ˈek-tə-mē How to pronounce ovariectomy (audio)
plural ovariectomies
ovariectomized adjective

Examples of ovariectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lisa Jacobson, an equine veterinarian in Colorado, says ovariectomy risks infection, internal bleeding and pain. Britta Lokting, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 Their collaboration further showed a connection between hormones and cancer: mammary tumors decreased in female mice with ovariectomies while the tumors increased in pregnant mice. Leila McNeill, Smithsonian, 20 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ovariectomy was in 1889

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“Ovariectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovariectomy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


ovari·​ec·​to·​my ō-ˌvar-ē-ˈek-tə-mē, -ˌver- How to pronounce ovariectomy (audio)
plural ovariectomies
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