prefrontal lobotomy

noun
Surgery. a psychosurgical procedure in which the frontal lobes are separated from the rest of the brain by cutting the connecting nerve fibers.
Also called frontal lobotomy, lobotomy.


Origin:
1935–40

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prefrontal lobotomy n.
A lobotomy in which the white fibers that connect the thalamus to the prefrontal and frontal lobes of the brain are severed, performed as a treatment for intense anxiety or violent behavior.

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