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prefrontal lobotomy

Surgery. a psychosurgical procedure in which the frontal lobes are separated from the rest of the brain by cutting the connecting nerve fibers.
Also called frontal lobotomy, lobotomy.
Origin of prefrontal lobotomy
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And there were still more radical procedures, prefrontal lobotomy for instance.

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prefrontal lobotomy in Medicine

prefrontal lobotomy n.
A lobotomy in which the white fibers that connect the thalamus to the prefrontal and frontal lobes of the brain are severed, performed as a treatment for intense anxiety or violent behavior.

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