- the surgical removal of part of the posterior arch of a vertebra to provide access to the spinal canal, as for the excision of a ruptured disk.
Origin of laminectomy
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- surgical incision into the backbone to gain access to the spinal cordAlso called: rachiotomy
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- Excision of a vertebral lamina.rachiotomy
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