foraminotomy

noun

fo·​ram·​i·​not·​o·​my fə-ˌram-ə-ˈnät-ə-mē How to pronounce foraminotomy (audio)
plural foraminotomies
: a surgical procedure to enlarge the opening through which the root of a spinal nerve passes as it exits the spinal column especially to relieve symptoms (as burning, numbness, or pain) caused by nerve compression (as from stenosis or herniation)
cervical foraminotomy

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“Foraminotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/foraminotomy. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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