cordotomy

or chor·dot·o·my

[ kawr-dot-uh-mee ]
/ kɔrˈdɒt ə mi /

noun, plural cor·dot·o·mies.

the surgical severance of certain nerve fibers of the spinal cord to alleviate intractable pain.

Nearby words

  1. cordon bleu,
  2. cordon sanitaire,
  3. cordonbleu,
  4. cordonnet,
  5. cordopexy,
  6. cordova,
  7. cordovan,
  8. cords,
  9. corduroy,
  10. corduroy road

Origin of cordotomy


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Medicine definitions for cordotomy

cordotomy

n.

An operation on the spinal cord.
Surgical division of tracts of the spinal cord, as for the relief of severe pain.

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