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[kuh-lek-tuh-mee] /kəˈlɛk tə mi/
noun, plural colectomies. Surgery
the removal of all or part of the colon or large intestine.
Origin of colectomy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for colectomy
  • It is not so uncommon to see acutely ill patients with life-threatening sepsis from colitis and need for urgent colectomy.
  • The standard technique for a colectomy is open, invasive surgery.
  • Unlike colectomy, these procedures do not involve cutting through the abdominal wall.
  • When only part of the colon is removed, it is called a partial colectomy.
British Dictionary definitions for colectomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical removal of part or all of the colon
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Word Origin and History for colectomy

1882, from colon (n.2) + -ectomy.

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colectomy in Medicine

colectomy co·lec·to·my (kə-lěk'tə-mē)
Surgical removal of part or all of the colon.

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