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[oh-uh-fuh-rek-tuh-mee] /ˌoʊ ə fəˈrɛk tə mi/
noun, plural oophorectomies. Surgery
the operation of removing one or both ovaries; ovariectomy.
Origin of oophorectomy
1870-75; < New Latin oophor(on) ovary (neuter of Greek ōiophóros egg-bearing; see oo-, -phore) + -ectomy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oophorectomy
  • Bilateral oophorectomy, the surgical removal of both ovaries, is a surgical method of ovarian ablation.
  • Still, physicians have not seen the expected decrease in the number of hysterectomies, and rates of oophorectomy are climbing.
British Dictionary definitions for oophorectomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical removal of an ovary or ovarian tumour Also called ovariectomy Compare ovariotomy
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin ōophoron ovary, from Greek ōion egg + phoros bearing, + -ectomy
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oophorectomy in Medicine

oophorectomy o·o·pho·rec·to·my (ō'ə-fə-rěk'tə-mē)
See ovariectomy.

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