thy·​roid·​ec·​to·​my | \ ˌthī-ˌrȯi-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce thyroidectomy (audio) , ˌthī-rə-\
plural thyroidectomies

Definition of thyroidectomy

: surgical removal of thyroid gland tissue

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thyroidectomized \ ˌthī-​ˌrȯi-​ˈdek-​tə-​ˌmīzd How to pronounce thyroidectomized (audio) , ˌthī-​rə-​ \ adjective

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The method is commonly used during thyroidectomies, surgery to remove the thyroid gland to treat thyroid cancer. Suyin Haynes, Time, "A New, Scarless Adam's Apple Surgery Could Be a Breakthrough for Transgender Patients," 11 June 2019 The most extreme of the bunch is a thyroidectomy, or a surgery that permanently removes the thyroid. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Graves' Disease? Symptoms and Treatment Options to Know About," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of thyroidectomy

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thyroidectomy was in 1889

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thy·​roid·​ec·​to·​my | \ ˌthī-ˌrȯid-ˈek-tə-mē, -rəd- How to pronounce thyroidectomy (audio) \
plural thyroidectomies

Medical Definition of thyroidectomy

: surgical excision of thyroid gland tissue

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