rhizotomy

[rahy-zot-uh-mee]

noun, plural rhi·zot·o·mies. Surgery.

the surgical section or cutting of the spinal nerve roots, usually posterior or sensory roots, to eliminate pain.

Nearby words

  1. rhizophagous,
  2. rhizopod,
  3. rhizopodea,
  4. rhizopus,
  5. rhizosphere,
  6. rho,
  7. rho.,
  8. rhod-,
  9. rhoda,
  10. rhodamine

Origin of rhizotomy

First recorded in 1910–15; rhizo- + -tomy

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British Dictionary definitions for rhizotomy

rhizotomy

noun plural -mies

surgical incision into the roots of spinal nerves, esp for the relief of pain
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Medicine definitions for rhizotomy

rhizotomy

[rī-zŏtə-mē]

n.

Surgical severance of spinal nerve roots, as for the relief of pain.radicotomy radiculectomy

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