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 At the time, the 22-year-old mom had been in an enclosure with a male boa who had received a vasectomy more than four years prior to the births. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Then, the scene dissolves into special teams coordinator and de facto minister of fun John Fassel taking questions about his vasectomy. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 Voss, who now lives in New Jersey, first visited Greenberg’s Manhattan offices in 1983 seeking his fertility services because her partner, who has since died, was unable to conceive a child due to a vasectomy. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Recovery from a vasectomy can take up to three days, time that could be well spent watching tournament basketball, the practice says in cheeky advertising. NBC News, 12 Mar. 2021 Turns out, even the folks watching the Fast Money round on YouTube found the vasectomy question to be tricky. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2020 The city, however, remains committed to a vasectomy program for the deer, the New York Times reports. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, 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, 25 Feb. 2020 Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child. Elly Belle,, 18 Feb. 2020

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vasectomy

: 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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