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appendectomy

[ap-uh n-dek-tuh-mee]
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noun, plural ap·pen·dec·to·mies. Surgery.
  1. excision of the vermiform appendix.

Origin of appendectomy

First recorded in 1890–95; append(ix) + -ectomy
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  • Callista remembered that in Mr. Lamson's office she had very nearly remarked aloud: "Never knew she'd had an appendectomy."

  • He didn't remember the details of the appendectomy, but he still had records that showed a completely normal operation.

    The Memory of Mars

    Raymond F. Jones


Word Origin and History for appendectomy

n.

1891, a hybrid from appendix + -ectomy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

appendectomy in Medicine

appendectomy

(ăp′ən-dĕktə-mē)
n.
  1. Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix.appendicectomy
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appendectomy in Culture

appendectomy

[(ap-uhn-dek-tuh-mee)]

The surgical removal of the appendix.

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