[ ap-uh n-dek-tuh-mee ]
/ ˌæp ənˈdɛk tə mi /

noun, plural ap·pen·dec·to·mies. Surgery.

excision of the vermiform appendix.

Nearby words

  1. append,
  2. appendage,
  3. appendages of eye,
  4. appendages of skin,
  5. appendant,
  6. appendiceal,
  7. appendiceal abscess,
  8. appendicectomy,
  9. appendices,
  10. appendicitis

Origin of appendectomy

First recorded in 1890–95; append(ix) + -ectomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for appendectomy



1891, a hybrid from appendix + -ectomy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for appendectomy


[ ăp′ən-dĕktə-mē ]


Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix.appendicectomy

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Culture definitions for appendectomy


[ (ap-uhn-dek-tuh-mee) ]

The surgical removal of the appendix.

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