splenectomy

noun
sple·​nec·​to·​my | \spli-ˈnek-tə-mē \
plural splenectomies

Definition of splenectomy 

: surgical removal of the spleen

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splenectomize \spli-​ˈnek-​tə-​ˌmīz \ transitive verb

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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, "You'd never know this happy-go-lucky 2-year-old has sickle cell anemia. But it's always on her mom's mind.," 11 June 2018 But otherwise, no broken arms, splenectomies or anything noteworthy outside of the toe incident. Sarah Wesley Lemire, courant.com, "Sarah Wesley Lemire's Last Word: The Toe Incident," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of splenectomy

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of splenectomy was circa 1859

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splenectomy

noun
sple·​nec·​to·​my | \spli-ˈnek-tə-mē \
plural splenectomies

Medical Definition of splenectomy 

: surgical excision of the spleen

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