rhizotomy

noun
rhi·​zot·​o·​my | \ rī-ˈzä-tə-mē How to pronounce rhizotomy (audio) \
plural rhizotomies

Definition of rhizotomy

: the operation of cutting the anterior or posterior spinal nerve roots

Examples of rhizotomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with spasticity in their legs may benefit from selective dorsal rhizotomy, which is a surgery that involves disconnecting nerve fibers in the spinal cord5. Lauren Sieben, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 There are risks associated with selective dorsal rhizotomy, most commonly ongoing numbness in the legs after the operation, but the benefits may outweigh the risks for many people. Lauren Sieben, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 Historically, selective dorsal rhizotomy has been performed on children. Lauren Sieben, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 In May, her family traveled to Missouri where Maya underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery with Dr. T.S. Park, one of the nation’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons and a pioneer of the surgery, according to the family's website. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of rhizotomy

1910, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2022

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“Rhizotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhizotomy. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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rhizotomy

noun
rhi·​zot·​o·​my | \ rī-ˈzät-ə-mē How to pronounce rhizotomy (audio) \
plural rhizotomies

Medical Definition of rhizotomy

: the operation of cutting the anterior or posterior spinal nerve roots

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