pan·​cre·​a·​tec·​to·​my ˌpaŋ-krē-ə-ˈtek-tə-mē How to pronounce pancreatectomy (audio)
plural pancreatectomies
: surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas
pancreatectomized adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Whipples are done mostly non-laparoscopically, whereas the distal pancreatectomy can be done laparoscopically. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2019 But there is another procedure called the distal pancreatectomy when the tumor is in the tail of pancreas. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2019 In another are the pioneers of various procedures, handcrafted by surgeons and experimental physicians and often named for their inventors: the Halsted mastectomy, Mohs surgery, the Whipple pancreatectomy. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 15 July 2019 The approach is called laparoscopic total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplantation. Carrie Wells,, 16 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pancreatectomy was in 1890

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“Pancreatectomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition


pan·​cre·​atec·​to·​my ˌpaŋ-krē-ə-ˈtek-tə-mē, ˌpan- How to pronounce pancreatectomy (audio)
plural pancreatectomies
: surgical excision of all or part of the pancreas
a total pancreatectomy
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