noun, plural ostectomies. Surgery.
excision of part or all of a bone.
Also, osteectomy [os-tee-ek-tuh-mee] .

1890–95; ost(e)- + -ectomy

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ostectomy os·tec·to·my (ŏs-těk'tə-mē)

  1. Surgical removal of a bone or part of a bone.

  2. In dentistry, resection of supporting osseous structures to eliminate periodontal pockets.

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