- Surgery. a psychosurgical procedure in which the frontal lobes are separated from the rest of the brain by cutting the connecting nerve fibers.
Origin of prefrontal lobotomy
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called frontal lobotomy, lobotomy.
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- A lobotomy in which the white fibers that connect the thalamus to the prefrontal and frontal lobes of the brain are severed, performed as a treatment for intense anxiety or violent behavior.
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