chemical sympathectomy


noun, plural sym·pa·thec·to·mies. Medicine/Medical.
  1. surgery that interrupts a nerve pathway of the sympathetic or involuntary nervous system.
  2. Also called chemical sympathectomy. a like interruption by chemical means.

Origin of sympathectomy

First recorded in 1895–1900; sympath(etic) + -ectomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chemical-sympathectomy


noun plural -mies
  1. the surgical excision or chemical destruction (chemical sympathectomy) of one or more parts of the sympathetic nervous system

Word Origin for sympathectomy

C20: from sympathetic + -ectomy
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chemical-sympathectomy in Medicine


  1. Surgical removal of a part of the sympathetic nervous system.
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