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mastectomy

[ ma-stek-tuh-mee ]

noun

, Surgery.
, plural mas·tec·to·mies.
  1. the operation of removing all or part of the breast or mamma.


mastectomy

/ mæˈstɛktəmɪ /

noun

  1. the surgical removal of a breast


mastectomy

/ mă-stĕktə-mē /

  1. Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, performed as a treatment for cancer.
  2. ◆ A radical mastectomy includes excision of the underlying pectoral muscles and regional lymph nodes.


mastectomy

  1. The surgical removal of a breast.


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Other Words From

  • postmas·tecto·my adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mastectomy1

First recorded in 1920–25; mast- + -ectomy

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Example Sentences

There might be a little bit of an issue with the mastectomy, because that could possibly streamline, so a little bit of an advantage there, some might say.

In April 2019, one month after she ran a 10K race to celebrate her 60th birthday, Walker’s doctor spotted another tumor in a sliver of breast tissue under her left armpit that had not been removed during the double mastectomy.

For stage 4 breast cancer, there is some debate as to whether lumpectomy or mastectomy are effective options.

When Angelina Jolie bravely wrote about her double mastectomy last year, it sparked both applause and criticism.

A double-mastectomy is a serious operation and calls for a challenging recovery.

If a double mastectomy provides a certain level of anxiety relief for patients, should surgeons proceed?

The study aimed to help elucidate the common motivations for pursuing a double mastectomy.

Robach said she will undergo a double mastectomy on November 14th.

I ask your support for bipartisan legislation to guarantee that a woman can stay in the hospital for 48 hours after a mastectomy.

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