laparotomy

[ lap-uh-rot-uh-mee ]
/ ˌlæp əˈrɒt ə mi /
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noun, plural lap·a·rot·o·mies. Surgery.

incision through the abdominal wall.
incision into the loin, especially for access to the abdominal cavity.

Nearby words

  1. laparorrhaphy,
  2. laparoscope,
  3. laparoscopy,
  4. laparotome,
  5. laparotomize,
  6. laparotomy pad,
  7. lapboard,
  8. lapdog,
  9. lapel,
  10. lapel mike

Origin of laparotomy

First recorded in 1875–80; laparo- + -tomy

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British Dictionary definitions for laparotomy

laparotomy

/ (ˌlæpəˈrɒtəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

surgical incision through the abdominal wall, esp to investigate the cause of an abdominal disorder
surgical incision into the loin

Word Origin for laparotomy

C19: from Greek lapara flank, from laparos soft + -tomy

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Medicine definitions for laparotomy

laparotomy

[ lăp′ə-rŏtə-mē ]

n.

Surgical incision into the abdominal cavity through the loin or flank.
celiotomy

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