noun, plural sple·nec·to·mies. Surgery.

excision or removal of the spleen.

Origin of splenectomy

First recorded in 1855–60; splen- + -ectomy
Also called lienectomy.
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Examples from the Web for splenectomy

Historical Examples of splenectomy

  • The numbers we found in our blood investigations in man after splenectomy were also normal.

  • After splenectomy in rabbits the increase in these values is absent.

  • Fioravanti reported a case of splenectomy with the recovery of the patient.

  • The cases are more frequent in which a splenectomy has been undertaken on account of disease of the spleen.

  • Cases of splenectomy of this kind are transitional to the chronic diseases of the spleen.

British Dictionary definitions for splenectomy


noun plural -mies

surgical removal of the spleen
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splenectomy in Medicine




Surgical removal of the spleen.
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