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[ap-uh n-dek-tuh-mee] /ˌæp ənˈdɛk tə mi/
noun, plural appendectomies. Surgery
excision of the vermiform appendix.
1890-95; append(ix) + -ectomy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appendectomy
  • These days, surgeons will typically do a laparoscopic appendectomy.
  • Immensely fatigued, he had a particularly slow recovery from an appendectomy.
  • Meyer, recovering from an appendectomy, attended the event in hopes of racing but ultimately could not.
British Dictionary definitions for appendectomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical removal of any appendage, esp the vermiform appendix
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Word Origin and History for appendectomy

1891, a hybrid from appendix + -ectomy.

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appendectomy in Medicine

appendectomy ap·pen·dec·to·my (āp'ən-děk'tə-mē)
Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. Also called appendicectomy.

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appendectomy in Culture
appendectomy [(ap-uhn-dek-tuh-mee)]

The surgical removal of the appendix.

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