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psychosurgery

[sahy-koh-sur-juh-ree] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒə ri/
noun
1.
treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery.
Compare lobotomy.
Origin of psychosurgery
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40; psycho- + surgery
Related forms
psychosurgeon
[sahy-koh-sur-juh n] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒən/ (Show IPA),
noun
psychosurgical
[sahy-koh-sur-ji-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psychosurgery

psychosurgery

/ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ/
noun
1.
any surgical procedure on the brain, such as a frontal lobotomy, to relieve serious mental disorders
Derived Forms
psychosurgical (ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɜːdʒɪkəl) adjective
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psychosurgery in Medicine

psychosurgery psy·cho·sur·ger·y (sī'kō-sûr'jə-rē)
n.
Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders.


psy'cho·sur'geon (-sûr'jən) n.
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