vitrectomy

noun

vit·​rec·​to·​my və-ˈtrek-tə-mē How to pronounce vitrectomy (audio)
plural vitrectomies
: surgical removal of all or part of the vitreous humor

Examples of vitrectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In vitrectomy, the surgeon removes the vitreous, clear gel from the eye and replaces it with a gas or oil bubble to help push the retina back in place. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The implantation would occur during a vitrectomy when the natural eye fluid is replaced with a synthetic material. Irene Wright, Dallas News, 15 June 2022

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Word History

Etymology

vitreous humor + -ectomy

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vitrectomy was in 1968

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“Vitrectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vitrectomy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

vitrectomy

noun
vit·​rec·​to·​my və-ˈtrek-tə-mē How to pronounce vitrectomy (audio)
plural vitrectomies
: surgical removal of all or part of the vitreous body
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