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laparotomy

[lap-uh-rot-uh-mee]
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noun, plural lap·a·rot·o·mies. Surgery.
  1. incision through the abdominal wall.
  2. incision into the loin, especially for access to the abdominal cavity.
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Origin of laparotomy

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

noun plural -mies
  1. surgical incision through the abdominal wall, esp to investigate the cause of an abdominal disorder
  2. surgical incision into the loin
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Word Origin

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

laparotomy

(lăp′ə-rŏtə-mē)
n.
  1. Surgical incision into the abdominal cavity through the loin or flank.
  2. celiotomy