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lobotomy

Line breaks: lob¦ot|omy
Pronunciation: /ləˈbɒtəmi
 
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Definition of lobotomy in English:

noun (plural lobotomies)

A surgical operation involving incision into the prefrontal lobe of the brain, formerly used to treat mental illness: there was talk of performing a lobotomy [mass noun]: the revolt against the resurgence of lobotomy Compare with leucotomy.
More example sentences
  • This operation, also called prefrontal leucotomy or standard lobotomy, was performed widely, and soon its beneficial as well as its detrimental effects became apparent.
  • Although we no longer burn mental patients at the stake or perform lobotomies, this new research demonstrates that our treatments for schizophrenia are still far from ideal.
  • A few months after performing his first lobotomy in 1936, Freeman presented the case to the annual meeting of the Southern Medical Association.

Words that rhyme with lobotomy

dichotomy, tracheotomy, trichotomy

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