psychosurgery

[ sahy-koh-sur-juh-ree ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒə ri /

noun

treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery.

RELATED WORDS

Compare lobotomy.

Origin of psychosurgery

First recorded in 1935–40; psycho- + surgery
Related formspsy·cho·sur·geon [sahy-koh-sur-juh n] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒən/, nounpsy·cho·sur·gi·cal [sahy-koh-sur-ji-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psychosurgery

psychosurgery

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ) /

noun

any surgical procedure on the brain, such as a frontal lobotomy, to relieve serious mental disorders
Derived Formspsychosurgical (ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɜːdʒɪkəl), adjective
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Medicine definitions for psychosurgery

psychosurgery

[ sī′kō-sûrjə-rē ]

n.

Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders.
Related formspsy′cho•surgeon (-sûrjən) n.
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