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cryosurgery

[krahy-oh-sur-juh-ree] /ˌkraɪ oʊˈsɜr dʒə ri/
noun
1.
the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue for therapeutic purposes.
Origin of cryosurgery
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65; cryo- + surgery
Related forms
cryosurgical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cryosurgery

cryosurgery

/ˌkraɪəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ/
noun
1.
surgery involving the local destruction of tissues by quick freezing for therapeutic benefit
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cryosurgery in Medicine

cryosurgery cry·o·sur·ger·y (krī'ō-sûr'jə-rē)
n.
The selective exposure of tissues to extreme cold, often by applying a probe containing liquid nitrogen, to bring about the destruction or elimination of abnormal cells.

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