[ ap-uhn-dek-tuh-mee ]

noun,plural ap·pen·dec·to·mies.Surgery.
  1. excision of the vermiform appendix.

Origin of appendectomy

First recorded in 1890–95; append(ix) + -ectomy
  • Also especially British, ap·pen·di·cec·to·my [uh-pen-duh-sek-tuh-mee] /əˌpɛn dəˈsɛk tə mi/ .

Words Nearby appendectomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use appendectomy in a sentence

  • I recalled the famous appendectomy performed on him some years ago.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
  • It posed no more threat to a patient than a simple appendectomy had posed three centuries before.

    Star Surgeon | Alan Nourse
  • In 1736, Claudius Aymand conducted the first successful appendectomy.

  • Callista remembered that in Mr. Lamson's office she had very nearly remarked aloud: "Never knew she'd had an appendectomy."

Cultural definitions for appendectomy


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

The surgical removal of the appendix.

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