vasectomy

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

Origin:
1895–1900; vas (deferens) + -ectomy

postvasectomy, adjective
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vasectomy (væˈsɛktəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, esp as a method of contraception

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vasectomy
1897, from Mod.L. vas (deferens) + Eng. -ectomy "a cutting."
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vasectomy va·sec·to·my (və-sěk'tə-mē, vā-zěk'-)
n.
Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, usually as a means of sterilization. Also called deferentectomy, gonangiectomy.

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vasectomy   (və-sěk'tə-mē)  Pronunciation Key 
Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, resulting in sterility.
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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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Example sentences
Perhaps the law should require vasectomy in these cases but not try to split apart a loving couple.
Ibid, having stated he's had a vasectomy, has essentially made that decision in the long wrong.
Decades after vasectomy became common, it remains widely unloved, doctors say.
Then he told her that two years before they'd met, he'd gotten a vasectomy.
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