Removal of an anatomical structure. SEE ALSO: -tomy. [G. ektome, a cutting out]

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suffix denoting
surgical removal of a segment or all of an organ or part. Examples: appendicectomy (of the appendix); prostatectomy (of the prostate gland).

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a word termination meaning surgical excision, used following a root designating the structure or organ removed. By extension, used in terms to designate destruction or deprivation by other methods as well.

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  • -ectomy — noun combining form Etymology: New Latin ectomia, from Greek ektemnein to cut out, from ec , ex out + temnein to cut more at tome surgical removal < gastrectomy > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • -ectomy — combining form denoting surgical removal of a specified part of the body: appendectomy. Origin from Gk ektomē excision …   English new terms dictionary

  • -ectomy — (G). Cutout …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

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