pallidotomy

noun
pal·​li·​dot·​o·​my | \ ˌpa-li-ˈdä-tə-mē How to pronounce pallidotomy (audio) \
plural pallidotomies

Definition of pallidotomy

: the surgical inactivation of a part of the basal ganglia in the treatment of involuntary movements (as in Parkinson's disease)

First Known Use of pallidotomy

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pallidotomy

pallido- (combining form from New Latin globus pallidus "a structure within the corpus striatum of the brain," literally, "pale globe") + -tomy

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“Pallidotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pallidotomy. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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pallidotomy

noun
pal·​li·​dot·​o·​my | \ ˌpal-i-ˈdät-ə-mē How to pronounce pallidotomy (audio) \
plural pallidotomies

Medical Definition of pallidotomy

: the surgical inactivation of the globus pallidus or a part of it in the treatment of involuntary movements (as in Parkinson's disease)

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