cordotomy

cordotomy

[kawr-dot-uh-mee]
noun, plural cordotomies.
the surgical severance of certain nerve fibers of the spinal cord to alleviate intractable pain.
Also, chordotomy.


Origin:
cord + -o- + -tomy

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cordotomy cor·dot·o·my or chor·dot·o·my (kôr-dŏt'ə-mē)
n.

  1. An operation on the spinal cord.

  2. Surgical division of tracts of the spinal cord, as for the relief of severe pain.

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