va·​sec·​to·​my | \ və-ˈsek-tə-mē How to pronounce vasectomy (audio) , vā-ˈzek-\
plural vasectomies

Definition of vasectomy

: surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

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Just limited vasectomies, assuming there were the right protections. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Electoral College votes continue to be a hot topic; Brawl at youth baseball game embarrassing; more responses (6/23/19)," 24 June 2019 In the same episode, Elaine convinced a boyfriend (Tim DeKay) to commit to a vasectomy. Farah Joan Fard, Marie Claire, "After 30 Years, We Still Owe Elaine From 'Seinfeld' So Much," 2 July 2019 Perhaps don't go and get a vasectomy without telling your wife. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Alyssa Milano's New Lifetime Movie Will Make You Uncomfortable—On Purpose," 15 June 2019 Myth #15: You 100 percent can’t get pregnant if your partner has a vasectomy. Korin Miller, SELF, "16 Birth Control Myths Ob/Gyns Have Heard That Prove We Need Better Sex Ed," 19 July 2018 Other than a full vasectomy, men have no real birth control options beside the condom. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "This New Topical Gel Birth Control For Men Could Change Everything," 30 Nov. 2018 But if a vasectomy isn't the right option for you and your partner, Dr. Minkin then recommends looking into an IUD. Korin Miller, SELF, "Bayer Announced it Will Stop Selling Controversial Birth Control Device Essure in the U.S.," 23 July 2018 Men still have basically three options: condoms, vasectomies, and the pull-and-pray (the latter, for most, is not a great option). Danielle Friedman, Glamour, "Why Male Birth Control Should Exist, According to These Four Men," 20 Aug. 2018 The hitch for the Maryland law is that vasectomies aren’t on the IRS list of approved preventive services. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "Maryland Offers Many Insured Men Free Vasectomy Coverage," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vasectomy

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasectomy

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

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English Language Learners Definition of vasectomy

medical : an operation that makes a man unable to make a woman pregnant : a surgery that prevents a man from producing sperm when he has sex


va·​sec·​to·​my | \ -tə-mē How to pronounce vasectomy (audio) \
plural vasectomies

Medical Definition of vasectomy

: surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

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