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vasectomy

[va-sek-tuh-mee]
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noun, plural vas·ec·to·mies. Surgery.
  1. excision of the vas deferens, or of a portion of it: performed to effect sterility in men.
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Origin of vasectomy

1895–1900; vas (deferens) + -ectomy
Related formspost·vas·ec·to·my, adjective
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contraceptive, abstinence, abortion, condom, pill, diaphragm, vasectomy, rubber, safety, IUD, contraception

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British Dictionary definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy

noun plural -mies
  1. 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

n.

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

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vasectomy in Medicine

vasectomy

(və-sĕktə-mē)
n.
  1. Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, usually as a means of sterilization.deferentectomy gonangiectomy
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vasectomy in Science

vasectomy

[və-sĕktə-mē]
  1. Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, resulting in sterility.
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vasectomy in Culture

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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