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Mohs surgery

noun
variants: or Mohs micrographic surgery or Mohs technique

medical Definition of Mohs surgery

:a surgical technique for the removal of skin cancers (such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) in which tissue is progressively removed to a depth and width at which the tissue is microscopically free of cancer
  • Mohs surgery involves the excision of primarily nonmelanoma skin cancers with intraoperative evaluation of surgical margins with frozen section microscopy.
  • —David Phillips Smack et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association25 Sept. 1996

Biographical Note for mohs surgery

  • Mohs \ˈmōz\, Frederic Edward (1910–2002), American surgeon. Mohs served for many years as professor of surgery and chief of the chemosurgery clinic at the University of Wisconsin. He discovered and developed the clinical use of surgery for the microscopically controlled excision of cancer of the skin, lip, parotid gland, and other external structures.

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