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vasectomy

[va-sek-tuh-mee] /væˈsɛk tə mi/
noun, plural vasectomies. Surgery
1.
excision of the vas deferens, or of a portion of it: performed to effect sterility in men.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; vas (deferens) + -ectomy
Related forms
postvasectomy, adjective
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Examples for vasectomy
  • Perhaps the law should require vasectomy in these cases but not try to split apart a loving couple.
  • Ibid, having stated he's had a vasectomy, has essentially made that decision in the long wrong.
  • Her first new partner turns out to have had a vasectomy-and this is only the beginning.
  • Decades after vasectomy became common, it remains widely unloved, doctors say.
  • Then he told her that two years before they'd met, he'd gotten a vasectomy.
British Dictionary definitions for vasectomy

vasectomy

/væˈsɛktəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, esp as a method of contraception
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Word Origin and History for vasectomy
vasectomy
1897, from Mod.L. vas (deferens) + Eng. -ectomy "a cutting."
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vasectomy in Medicine

vasectomy va·sec·to·my (və-sěk'tə-mē, vā-zěk'-)
n.
Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, usually as a means of sterilization. Also called deferentectomy, gonangiectomy.

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vasectomy in Science
vasectomy
  (və-sěk'tə-mē)   
Surgical removal of all or part of the vas deferens, resulting in sterility.
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vasectomy in Culture
vasectomy [(vuh-sek-tuh-mee, vay-zek-tuh-mee)]

A surgical procedure in which the ducts that carry sperm out of the testes are cut and tied off so that no sperm can pass. Vasectomy is a form of male sterilization and is used as a method of birth control. The procedure has no effect on a man's capacity to produce semen; the only difference is that his semen will no longer contain sperm.

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