Definition of hysterectomy in English:


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

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
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    • 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.

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