sple·​nec·​to·​my | \ spli-ˈnek-tə-mē How to pronounce splenectomy (audio) \
plural splenectomies

Definition of splenectomy

: surgical removal of the spleen

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splenectomize \ spli-​ˈnek-​tə-​ˌmīz How to pronounce splenectomy (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of splenectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your body isn’t responsive to medication, your doctor might recommend a splenectomy, which is a surgery to remove your spleen (which is mainly what creates the antibodies that attack platelets), the NHLBI explains. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 21 June 2019 That medical team has guided the family through more than 20 blood transfusions, a splenectomy and constant monitoring of Evelyn's condition. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2018 But otherwise, no broken arms, splenectomies or anything noteworthy outside of the toe incident. Sarah Wesley Lemire, courant.com, 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of splenectomy

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for splenectomy

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The first known use of splenectomy was circa 1859

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“Splenectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splenectomy. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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sple·​nec·​to·​my | \ spli-ˈnek-tə-mē How to pronounce splenectomy (audio) \
plural splenectomies

Medical Definition of splenectomy

: surgical excision of the spleen

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