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[spli-nek-tuh-mee] /splɪˈnɛk tə mi/
noun, plural splenectomies. Surgery.
excision or removal of the spleen.
Also called lienectomy.
Origin of splenectomy
First recorded in 1855-60; splen- + -ectomy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for splenectomy
Historical Examples
  • After splenectomy in rabbits the increase in these values is absent.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The numbers we found in our blood investigations in man after splenectomy were also normal.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Fioravanti reported a case of splenectomy with the recovery of the patient.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • The cases are more frequent in which a splenectomy has been undertaken on account of disease of the spleen.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Cases of splenectomy of this kind are transitional to the chronic diseases of the spleen.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
British Dictionary definitions for splenectomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical removal of the spleen
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splenectomy in Medicine

splenectomy sple·nec·to·my (splĭ-něk'tə-mē)
Surgical removal of the spleen.

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