postmastectomy

mastectomy

[ma-stek-tuh-mee]
noun, plural mastectomies. Surgery.
the operation of removing all or part of the breast or mamma.
Also called mammectomy.


Origin:
1920–25; mast- + -ectomy

postmastectomy, adjective
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mastectomy (mæˈstɛktəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
the surgical removal of a breast

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mastectomy
1923, formed from Gk. ectome "a cutting" + mastos "woman's breast," from base madan "to be wet, to flow," from PIE *mad- "wet, moist, dripping" (cf. L. madere "be moist;" Skt. mad- "bubble, be glad," medah "fat, marrow," madati "is drunk;" Alb. mend "suckle").
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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   (mā-stěk'tə-mē)  Pronunciation Key 
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 [(ma-stek-tuh-mee)]

The surgical removal of a breast.

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