[ap-uh n-dek-tuh-mee]

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

excision of the vermiform appendix.

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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Contemporary Examples of appendectomy

Historical Examples of appendectomy

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

  • He didn't remember the details of the appendectomy, but he still had records that showed a completely normal operation.

    The Memory of Mars

    Raymond F. Jones

Word Origin and History for appendectomy

1891, a hybrid from appendix + -ectomy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

appendectomy in Medicine




Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix.appendicectomy
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appendectomy in Culture



The surgical removal of the appendix.

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