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[ap-uh n-dek-tuh-mee] /ˌæp ənˈdɛk tə mi/
noun, plural appendectomies. Surgery.
excision of the vermiform appendix.
Origin of appendectomy
First recorded in 1890-95; append(ix) + -ectomy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

1891, a hybrid from appendix + -ectomy.

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appendectomy in Medicine

appendectomy ap·pen·dec·to·my (āp'ən-děk'tə-mē)
Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. Also called appendicectomy.

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appendectomy in Culture
appendectomy [(ap-uhn-dek-tuh-mee)]

The surgical removal of the appendix.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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