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mastectomy

[ma-stek-tuh-mee] /mæˈstɛk tə mi/
noun, plural mastectomies. Surgery
1.
the operation of removing all or part of the breast or mamma.
Also called mammectomy.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; mast- + -ectomy
Related forms
postmastectomy, adjective
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Examples for mastectomy
  • The number of deaths has decreased over the years but this early mastectomy is probably the cure for cancer.
  • It is used for several weeks following lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, and sometimes after full mastectomy.
  • She had a radical mastectomy, chemo and radiation therapy, and a bone-marrow transplant to restore her immune system.
British Dictionary definitions for mastectomy

mastectomy

/mæˈstɛktəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
the surgical removal of a breast
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Word Origin and History for mastectomy
n.

surgical removal of a breast, 1909, from Greek mastos "woman's breast" (see masto-) + -ectomy.

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mastectomy in Medicine

mastectomy mas·tec·to·my (mā-stěk'tə-mē)
n.
Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, sometimes including excision of the underlying pectoral muscles and regional lymph nodes, usually performed as a treatment for cancer. Also called mammectomy.

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mastectomy in Science
mastectomy
  (mā-stěk'tə-mē)   
Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, performed as a treatment for cancer. ◇ A radical mastectomy includes excision of the underlying pectoral muscles and regional lymph nodes.
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mastectomy in Culture
mastectomy [(ma-stek-tuh-mee)]

The surgical removal of a breast.

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