noun, plural o·o·pho·rec·to·mies. Surgery.

the operation of removing one or both ovaries; ovariectomy.

Origin of oophorectomy

1870–75; < New Latin oophor(on) ovary (neuter of Greek ōiophóros egg-bearing; see oo-, -phore) + -ectomy
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Historical Examples of oophorectomy

  • On the same principle on which the radical operation on men was condemned, Oophorectomy must also be condemned.

    The Fertility of the Unfit

    William Allan Chapple

British Dictionary definitions for oophorectomy


noun plural -mies

surgical removal of an ovary or ovarian tumourAlso called: ovariectomy Compare ovariotomy

Word Origin for oophorectomy

C19: from New Latin ōophoron ovary, from Greek ōion egg + phoros bearing, + -ectomy
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