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laparotomy Line breaks: lapar|ot¦omy
Pronunciation: /ˌlapəˈrɒtəmi/

Definition of laparotomy in English:

noun (plural laparotomies)

A surgical incision into the abdominal cavity, for diagnosis or in preparation for major surgery: a further laparotomy was performed [mass noun]: patients undergoing exploratory laparotomy
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  • Exploratory laparotomy and total abdominal hysterectomy were performed.
  • The patient underwent an exploratory laparotomy and small bowel resection.
  • Sites need not be marked for other procedures including those with a midline incision, cesarean-sections, laparotomies, and laparoscopies.


Mid 19th century: from Greek lapara 'flank' + -tomy.

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