- the operation of cutting into a lobe, as of the brain or the lung.
- prefrontal lobotomy.
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- a surgical incision into a lobe of any organ
- Also called: prefrontal leucotomy a surgical interruption of one or more nerve tracts in the frontal lobe of the brain: used in the treatment of intractable mental disorders
C20: from lobe + -tomy
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Word Origin and History for lobotomy
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- Incision into a lobe.
- The division of one or more nerve tracts in a lobe of the cerebrum.
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- Surgical incision into the frontal lobe of the brain to sever one or more nerve tracts, a technique formerly used to treat certain psychiatric disorders but now rarely performed.
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Because people who have had a lobotomy often become quite passive after the operation, the term is often used to refer to someone who shows a lack of response or reaction: “She was so tired she just sat there as if she had been lobotomized.”
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