psy·​cho·​sur·​gery | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈsər-jə-rē How to pronounce psychosurgery (audio) , -ˈsərj-rē \

Definition of psychosurgery

: cerebral surgery employed in treating psychic symptoms

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psychosurgeon \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˈsər-​jən How to pronounce psychosurgeon (audio) \ noun
psychosurgical \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce psychosurgical (audio) \ adjective

Examples of psychosurgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fascination with psychedelic drugs, psychosurgery, brain-stimulation devices, intravenous infusions, etc., is symptomatic of the current mental health crisis. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 5.20.18 Issue," 31 May 2018 Although Moniz would share the 1949 Nobel Prize in medicine for his pioneering work in psychosurgery, the lobotomy had not only fallen out of favor by the 1950s but was being excoriated as a barbaric practice. Tony Long, WIRED, "Nov. 12, 1935: You Should (Not) Have a Lobotomy," 12 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of psychosurgery

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychosurgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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psy·​cho·​sur·​gery | \ -ˈsərj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce psychosurgery (audio) \
plural psychosurgeries

Medical Definition of psychosurgery

: cerebral surgery employed in treating psychic symptoms

Other Words from psychosurgery

psychosurgical \ -​ˈsər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce psychosurgical (audio) \ adjective

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