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laminectomy

[ lam-uh-nek-tuh-mee ]
/ ˌlæm əˈnɛk tə mi /
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noun, plural lam·i·nec·to·mies.
the surgical removal of part of the posterior arch of a vertebra to provide access to the spinal canal, as for the excision of a ruptured disk.
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Origin of laminectomy

First recorded in 1890–95; lamin(a) + -ectomy
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British Dictionary definitions for laminectomy

laminectomy
/ (ˌlæmɪˈnɛktəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
surgical incision into the backbone to gain access to the spinal cordAlso called: rachiotomy
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