Ablation of a toenail or fingernail. [onycho- + G. ektome, excision]

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on·ych·ec·to·my .än-ik-'ek-tə-mē n, pl -mies surgical excision of a fingernail or toenail

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on·y·chec·to·my (on″ĭ-kekґtə-me) [onych- + -ectomy] 1. excision of a nail or nail bed. 2. removal of the claws of an animal; called also declawing.

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