laminectomy

[lam-uh-nek-tuh-mee]
noun, plural laminectomies.
the surgical removal of part of the posterior arch of a vertebra to provide access to the spinal canal, as for the excision of a ruptured disk.

Origin:
1890–95; lamin(a) + -ectomy

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laminectomy (ˌlæmɪˈnɛktəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
Also called: rachiotomy surgical incision into the backbone to gain access to the spinal cord

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laminectomy lam·i·nec·to·my (lām'ə-něk'tə-mē)
n.
Excision of a vertebral lamina. Also called rachiotomy.

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Laminectomy and fusion for the treatment of cervical degenerative myelopathy.
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