vasectomy

[va-sek-tuh-mee]

noun, plural vas·ec·to·mies. Surgery.

excision of the vas deferens, or of a portion of it: performed to effect sterility in men.

Nearby words

  1. vasculopathy,
  2. vasculous,
  3. vasculum,
  4. vase,
  5. vasectomize,
  6. vaseline,
  7. vashon island,
  8. vashti,
  9. vasifaction,
  10. vasiform

Origin of vasectomy

1895–1900; vas (deferens) + -ectomy

Related formspost·vas·ec·to·my, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy

noun plural -mies

surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, esp as a method of contraception
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Word Origin and History for vasectomy

vasectomy

n.

1897, from Modern Latin vas (deferens) + -ectomy "a cutting."

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Medicine definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy

[və-sĕktə-mē]

n.

Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, usually as a means of sterilization.deferentectomy gonangiectomy

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Science definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy

[və-sĕktə-mē]

Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, resulting in sterility.
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Culture definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy

[(vuh-sek-tuh-mee, vay-zek-tuh-mee)]

A surgical procedure in which the ducts that carry sperm out of the testes are cut and tied off so that no sperm can pass. Vasectomy is a form of male sterilization and is used as a method of birth control. The procedure has no effect on a man's capacity to produce semen; the only difference is that his semen will no longer contain sperm.

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