Definition of mastectomy in English:


Syllabification: mas·tec·to·my
Pronunciation: /maˈstektəmē

noun (plural mastectomies)

  • A surgical operation to remove a breast.
    More example sentences
    • There are sports bras, nursing bras, bras designed to take prosthetic breasts for women who have undergone mastectomies.
    • Reconstruction can be done in the same operation as the mastectomy, and may be more successful if it's done straight away.
    • The authors recommend their large-tissue-section approach for routine handling of all breast excisions and mastectomies.


1920s: from Greek mastos 'breast' + -ectomy.

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