thy·​roid·​ec·​to·​my ˌthī-ˌrȯi-ˈdek-tə-mē How to pronounce thyroidectomy (audio)
plural thyroidectomies
: surgical removal of thyroid gland tissue
thyroidectomized adjective

Examples of thyroidectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since her thyroidectomy, Burke has been cancer-free. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 8 July 2023 For example, thyroidectomy, one of the most common surgeries, involves removing the thyroid. Christine Coppa, Health, 15 Mar. 2023 The American Cancer Society also notes that radioactive iodine treatment is sometimes used after thyroidectomy for early stage cancers, but the cure rate with surgery alone is excellent. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2022 People who have had a thyroidectomy will need to take daily thyroid hormone pills, according the American Cancer Society's website. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2022 The thyroidectomy scar is faint now; the heart scar is fresh, ugly, life-saving, a constant reminder of my age. Arkansas Online, 20 Dec. 2020 My surgery was performed in March 2020—a partial thyroidectomy, during which half of my thyroid was removed—and I was diagnosed with minimally invasive follicular thyroid cancer the day after. Tori Moore,, 27 Oct. 2020 After the diagnosis Jade had her thyroidectomy shortly after that day at Urgent Care in 2011, and started radioactive iodine treatment, which killed off most of the small tumors in her lungs, soon after. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Oct. 2020 Nothing he did afterwards meant more to him than that rescue, and few things moved him more than seeing the livid thyroidectomy scars of the women who greeted him. The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


thyroid entry 1 + -ectomy

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thyroidectomy was in 1889

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“Thyroidectomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


thy·​roid·​ec·​to·​my ˌthī-ˌrȯid-ˈek-tə-mē, -rəd- How to pronounce thyroidectomy (audio)
plural thyroidectomies
: surgical excision of thyroid gland tissue

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