[ sim-puh-thek-tuh-mee ]
/ ˌsɪm pəˈθɛk tə mi /

noun, plural sym·pa·thec·to·mies. Medicine/Medical.

surgery that interrupts a nerve pathway of the sympathetic or involuntary nervous system.
Also called chemical sympathectomy. a like interruption by chemical means.

Origin of sympathectomy

First recorded in 1895–1900; sympath(etic) + -ectomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sympathectomy

/ (ˌsɪmpəˈθɛktəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

the surgical excision or chemical destruction (chemical sympathectomy) of one or more parts of the sympathetic nervous system

Word Origin for sympathectomy

C20: from sympathetic + -ectomy
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Medical definitions for sympathectomy

[ sĭm′pə-thĕktə-mē ]


Surgical removal of a part of the sympathetic nervous system.
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