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chemonucleolysis

[kee-moh-noo-klee-ol-uh-sis, -nyoo-, kem-oh-]
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noun
  1. treatment for a herniated spinal disk in which chymopapain is injected into the disk to dissolve tissue.

Origin of chemonucleolysis

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chemonucleolysis in Medicine

chemonucleolysis

(kē′mō-nōō′klē-ŏlĭ-sĭs)
n.
  1. The enzymatic dissolution of the pulpy nucleus by injection of chymopapain, used in the treatment of intervertebral disk lesions.
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