[ lap-uh-rot-uh-mee ]
/ ˌlæp əˈrɒt ə mi /

noun, plural lap·a·rot·o·mies. Surgery.

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

Origin of laparotomy

First recorded in 1875–80; laparo- + -tomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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

[ lăp′ə-rŏtə-mē ]


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