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mastectomy Line breaks: mast|ec¦tomy
Pronunciation: /maˈstɛktəmi/

Definition of mastectomy in English:

noun (plural mastectomies)

A surgical operation to remove a breast: a double mastectomy [mass noun]: they have undergone mastectomy
More example sentences
  • There are sports bras, nursing bras, bras designed to take prosthetic breasts for women who have undergone mastectomies.
  • Reconstruction can be done in the same operation as the mastectomy, and may be more successful if it's done straight away.
  • The authors recommend their large-tissue-section approach for routine handling of all breast excisions and mastectomies.


1920s: from Greek mastos 'breast' + -ectomy.

Words that rhyme with mastectomy

hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, vasectomy
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