[lap-uh-rot-uh-mee] /ˌlæp əˈrɒt ə mi/
noun, plural laparotomies. Surgery
incision through the abdominal wall.
incision into the loin, especially for access to the abdominal cavity.
1875–80; laparo- + -tomy
Example Sentences for laparotomy
Surgery that opens the abdomen is called a laparotomy.
Laparotomy uses a wide abdominal incision and conventional surgical instruments.
Surgery may be laparotomy or a less-invasive laparoscopy.
Surgery for ovarian cancer uses laparotomy, a major abdominal operation.
British Dictionary definitions for laparotomy
laparotomy (ˌlæpəˈrɒtəmɪ)
n , pl -mies
1.  surgical incision through the abdominal wall, esp to investigate the cause of an abdominal disorder
2.  surgical incision into the loin
[C19: from Greek lapara flank, from laparos soft + -tomy]

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laparotomy in Medicine

laparotomy lap·a·rot·o·my (lāp'ə-rŏt'ə-mē)

  1. Surgical incision into the abdominal cavity through the loin or flank.

  2. See celiotomy.

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