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or chor·dot·o·my

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noun, plural cor·dot·o·mies.
  1. the surgical severance of certain nerve fibers of the spinal cord to alleviate intractable pain.

Origin of cordotomy

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cordotomy in Medicine


  1. An operation on the spinal cord.
  2. Surgical division of tracts of the spinal cord, as for the relief of severe pain.
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