vasectomy

noun
va·sec·to·my | \və-ˈsek-tə-mē, 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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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 There wasn’t any long-term damage to my uterus but my husband decided to get a vasectomy. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018 Yes, vasectomies can take care of unwanted fertility, too. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What You Need to Know About Male Birth Control Pills," 1 Feb. 2018 Why some men schedule vasectomies during March Madness. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Well-timed vasectomies put lots of guys on the couch for March Madness basketball," 15 Mar. 2018 Researchers in India have gotten fairly far in the development of a nonsurgical vasectomy called RISUG, which stands for reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A pill, a gel, and a nonsurgical vasectomy are making their way through clinical trials.," 4 May 2018 Biologists also would sometimes capture an animal, perform a vasectomy and follow it back into the marshes to find the pack. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Eradication of invasive rodent off to a slow start in California," 12 May 2018 Condoms can be cumbersome, vasectomies require more surgery to reverse, and pulling out is, well, not exactly a reliable form of birth control. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A pill, a gel, and a nonsurgical vasectomy are making their way through clinical trials.," 4 May 2018 Men also have the option of a vasectomy, which involves cutting the vas deferens to prevent semen from making it from the testicles to the prostate. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Hold On Everyone, Male Birth Control Still Isn't Happening Anytime Soon," 22 Mar. 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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vasectomy

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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

vasectomy

noun
va·sec·to·my | \-tə-mē \
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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