Definition of mastectomy in English:

Share this entry

mastectomy

Pronunciation: /maˈstektəmē/

noun (plural mastectomies)

A surgical operation to remove a breast.
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with mastectomy

hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, vasectomy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mas·tec·to·my

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.