psychosurgery

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

noun

treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. psychosomatic,
  2. psychosomatic disorder,
  3. psychosomatic medicine,
  4. psychosomimetic,
  5. psychostimulant,
  6. psychosynthesis,
  7. psychotechnics,
  8. psychotechnology,
  9. psychotherapeutics,
  10. psychotherapist

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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