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Syllabification: or·chi·ec·to·my
Pronunciation: /ˌôrkēˈektəmē
(also orchidectomy /ˌôrkiˈdektəmē/)

Definition of orchiectomy in English:


Surgical removal of one or both testicles.
Example sentences
  • Alternatively, orchidectomy - surgical removal of both testicles, stops the production of testosterone.
  • No antecedents of orchitis, infectious disease, or orchidectomy had been recorded in the patients' histories.
  • Systemic analgesia or orchidectomy may be required in individual cases.


late 19th century: from modern Latin orchido- (from a Latinized stem of Greek orkhis 'testicle') + -ectomy.

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