cryosurgery

[ krahy-oh-sur-juh-ree ]
/ ˌkraɪ oʊˈsɜr dʒə ri /

noun

the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue for therapeutic purposes.

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Origin of cryosurgery

First recorded in 1960–65; cryo- + surgery

OTHER WORDS FROM cryosurgery

cry·o·sur·gi·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cryosurgery

cryosurgery
/ (ˌkraɪəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ) /

noun

surgery involving the local destruction of tissues by quick freezing for therapeutic benefit
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Medical definitions for cryosurgery

cryosurgery
[ krī′ō-sûrjə-rē ]

n.

The selective exposure of tissues to extreme cold, often by applying a probe containing liquid nitrogen, to bring about the destruction or elimination of abnormal cells.
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