psychosurgery

psychosurgery
The treatment of mental disorders by operation upon the brain, e.g., lobotomy.

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psy·cho·sur·gery -'sərj-(ə-)rē n, pl -ger·ies cerebral surgery employed in treating psychic symptoms
psy·cho·sur·gi·cal -'sər-ji-kəl adj

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n.
surgery on the brain to relieve psychological symptoms. The procedure is irreversible and is therefore reserved for the most severe and intractable of symptoms, particularly severe chronic anxiety, depression, and untreatable pain. Side-effects can be severe but are less common with modern selective operations.
psychosurgical adj.

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psy·cho·sur·gery (si″ko-surґjər-e) brain surgery performed for treatment of psychiatric disorders; called also psychiatric surgery and functional neurosurgery. psychosurgical adj

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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