vasectomy

[ va-sek-tuh-mee ]
/ væˈsɛk tə mi /

noun, plural vas·ec·to·mies. Surgery.

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

Origin of vasectomy

1895–1900; vas (deferens) + -ectomy

OTHER WORDS FROM vasectomy

post·vas·ec·to·my, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy
/ (væˈsɛktəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, esp as a method of contraception
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Medical 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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Scientific definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy
[ və-sĕktə-mē ]

Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, resulting in sterility.
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Cultural 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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