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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Recent Examples on the Web Turns out, even the folks watching the Fast Money round on YouTube found the vasectomy question to be tricky. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See a 'Family Feud' Contestant “Scare the Life” Out of Steve Harvey With His Fast Money Answer," 23 May 2020 The city, however, remains committed to a vasectomy program for the deer, the New York Times reports. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, "When will trainers stop drugging racehorses?," 12 Mar. 2020 The baboons escape was for a very relatable reason: one was on its way to the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital for a vasectomy, while the other two were there to help him remain calm, according to The Guardian. Melissa Locker, Time, "Today in Monkey Business, Let's Follow the Escapades of This Trio of Baboons Who Escaped," 25 Feb. 2020 Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child. Elly Belle,, "Ted Cruz Is Willing To Fight For Cis Men’s Reproductive Rights — But That’s It," 18 Feb. 2020 Men would have to pay for the vasectomies themselves, according to the bill. Leada Gore |, al, "Alabama bill forcing men to get vasectomies at 50: Sen. Ted Cruz responds," 17 Feb. 2020 Even when partners do choose vasectomy, the stigma seems to persist. Dara T. Mathis, SELF, "We Need to Stop Acting Like Vasectomies Are Heroic," 29 Aug. 2019 Obando had a vasectomy, so doctors had to surgically extract his sperm from his testicles. Gina Kolata,, "At 16, she’s a pioneer in the fight to cure sickle cell disease," 11 Jan. 2020 In this case, the answer will remain untested because Long had a vasectomy., "When a DNA test says you’re a younger man, who lives 5,000 miles away - The Boston Globe," 8 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of vasectomy was in 1899

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“Vasectomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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