[ oh-uh-fuh-rek-tuh-mee ]
/ ˌoʊ ə fəˈrɛk tə mi /

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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Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˌəʊəfəˈrɛktəmɪ) /

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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Medicine definitions for oophorectomy

[ ō′ə-fə-rĕktə-mē ]


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