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lobotomy

[luh-bot-uh-mee, loh-] /ləˈbɒt ə mi, loʊ-/
noun, plural lobotomies. Surgery
1.
the operation of cutting into a lobe, as of the brain or the lung.
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  • Kearns's book, she was also given a lobotomy upon orders of her father.
  • It went though the frontal lobes of his brain and gave him the equivalent of a frontal lobotomy.
  • As far as he or anyone else can determine, he has made the first full-length feature film in which the chief subject is lobotomy.
  • While lobotomy has been abandoned, electroshock therapy is still used to treat depression.
  • She was about to have a lobotomy when a hospital official read that she had won a literary prize.
  • Maybe you would be happier if you gave yourself a lobotomy too.
  • The procedure was called a lobotomy, and the result was a permanent change in temperament.
  • The second, theater snobs, will interpret that he is recovering from a lobotomy.
  • It made for a lobotomy session of conversation, since few things are more boring than hucksters talking about their brand.
British Dictionary definitions for lobotomy

lobotomy

/ləʊˈbɒtəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
a surgical incision into a lobe of any organ
2.
Also called prefrontal leucotomy. a surgical interruption of one or more nerve tracts in the frontal lobe of the brain: used in the treatment of intractable mental disorders
Word Origin
C20: from lobe + -tomy
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Word Origin and History for lobotomy
n.

1936, coined from lobe (in the brain sense) + medical suffix -tomy. Figurative use is attested from 1953.

Now I guess I'll have to tell 'em
That I got no cerebellum
[Ramones, "Teenage Lobotomy," 1977]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lobotomy in Medicine

lobotomy lo·bot·o·my (lə-bŏt'ə-mē, lō-)
n.

  1. Incision into a lobe.

  2. The division of one or more nerve tracts in a lobe of the cerebrum.

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lobotomy in Science
lobotomy
  (lə-bŏt'ə-mē)   
Surgical incision into the frontal lobe of the brain to sever one or more nerve tracts, a technique formerly used to treat certain psychiatric disorders but now rarely performed.
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lobotomy in Culture
lobotomy [(luh-bot-uh-mee, loh-bot-uh-mee)]

A surgical incision into one or more of the nerve masses in the front of the brain. A lobotomy may be performed for the relief of certain mental disorders, although it has been largely abandoned in favor of less radical treatments.

Note: Because people who have had a lobotomy often become quite passive after the operation, the term is often used to refer to someone who shows a lack of response or reaction: “She was so tired she just sat there as if she had been lobotomized.”
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lobotomy in Technology


1. What a hacker subjected to formal management training is said to have undergone. At IBM and elsewhere this term is used by both hackers and low-level management; the latter doubtless intend it as a joke.
2. The act of removing the processor from a microcomputer in order to replace or upgrade it. Some very cheap clone systems are sold in "lobotomised" form - everything but the brain.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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