- a combining form meaning “excision” of the part specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: tonsillectomy.
Origin of -ectomy
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- indicating surgical excision of a partappendectomy
from New Latin -ectomia, from Greek ek- out + -tomy
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Word Origin and History for -ectomy
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- Surgical removal:tonsillectomy.
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