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noun, plural te·not·o·mies. Surgery.
  1. the cutting of a tendon.
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Origin of tenotomy

First recorded in 1835–45; teno- + -tomy
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Examples from the Web for tenotomy

Historical Examples of tenotomy

  • A tenotomy may be required to bring the foot into its proper position.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • Tenotomy may be performed by the open, or the subconjunctival method.

  • In the middle of December the tenotomy of both externi was therefore repeated.

  • The chief method for absolute divergent squint is the combination of shortening with tenotomy of the externus.

  • Moreover, this slight aid given by tenotomy has its ground not solely in the condition of the opposing recti muscles.

British Dictionary definitions for tenotomy


noun plural -mies
  1. surgical division of a tendon
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Derived Formstenotomist, noun
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tenotomy in Medicine


  1. The surgical division of a tendon to correct a deformity caused by congenital or acquired shortening of a muscle, as for the correction of strabismus.tendotomy
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