vasectomy

noun

va·​sec·​to·​my və-ˈsek-tə-mē How to pronounce vasectomy (audio)
vā-ˈzek-
plural vasectomies
: surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

Examples of vasectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reversing a vasectomy requires a microsurgical approach. Claire Gillespie, Health, 19 June 2024 Some include anybody without children, while others don’t count people who still have a chance to change their minds — women of child-bearing age or men without vasectomies. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The musician continued, sharing a photo of himself in scrubs ahead of the vasectomy. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 Insurance plans may not cover a vasectomy reversal. Claire Gillespie, Health, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for vasectomy 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French vasectomie, from vas (deferens) vas deferens + -ectomie -ectomy

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vasectomy was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Vasectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vasectomy. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

vasectomy

noun
va·​sec·​to·​my -tə-mē How to pronounce vasectomy (audio)
plural vasectomies
: surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

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