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hysterectomy Line breaks: hys¦ter|ec¦tomy
Pronunciation: /ˌhɪstəˈrɛktəmi/

Definition of hysterectomy in English:

noun (plural hysterectomies)

A surgical operation to remove all or part of the womb: she had to have a hysterectomy [mass noun]: the belief that hysterectomy affects bowel function
More example sentences
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy may help to avoid a laparotomy, but urinary tract injury is a genuine concern.
  • Gynaecologists were free to choose a surgical hysterectomy technique.
  • A hysterectomy is a commonly performed operation to remove the uterus (womb).


Late 19th century: from Greek hustera 'womb' + -ectomy.

Words that rhyme with hysterectomy

mastectomy, tonsillectomy, vasectomy

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