hysterectomy

[his-tuh-rek-tuh-mee]
noun, plural hysterectomies. Surgery.
excision of the uterus.

Origin:
1885–90; hyster- + -ectomy

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hysterectomy (ˌhɪstəˈrɛktəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
surgical removal of the uterus

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hysterectomy
1886, coined in Eng. from Gk. hystera "womb" (see uterus) + -ectomy, from Gk. ektome "a cutting out" (see -ectomy).
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hysterectomy hys·ter·ec·to·my (hĭs'tə-rěk'tə-mē)
n.
Surgical removal of part or all of the uterus.

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hysterectomy   (hĭs'tə-rěk'tə-mē)  Pronunciation Key 
Surgical removal of part or all of the uterus.
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hysterectomy [(his-tuh-rek-tuh-mee)]

The surgical removal of all or part of the uterus.

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Example sentences
Hysterectomy offers the best option for either a cure or more significant control of the problem.
Ovaries might work, but she may have had a hysterectomy or some illness and no longer have a working uterus.
After months of dithering, she had scheduled a hysterectomy for the next week, and now she was in a panic.
A hysterectomy would usually not be considered if cancer has been ruled out.
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