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psychosurgery

Line breaks: psy¦cho|sur¦gery
Pronunciation: /sʌɪkə(ʊ)ˈsəːdʒ(ə)ri
 
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Definition of psychosurgery in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Brain surgery, such as leucotomy, used to treat mental disorder.
Example sentences
  • But I doubt that many people would be aware that psychosurgery, or brain surgery, is being done to treat mental illness or behavioural problems today.
  • But you can regard cosmetic surgery as being almost psychosurgery in that many of the conditions we are treating, even in people that are well adjusted, are in fact a psychological perception of aging of physical deformity.
  • In general, that's sort of a fuzzy borderline between psychosurgery and neurological surgery.

Derivatives

psychosurgical

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • There was a lot of suspicion that the Department of Justice was going to perform massive psychosurgical procedures on violent prisoners as a means of social control.
  • Postoperative verification of radiosurgical lesions in white matter has been difficult to obtain with CT. With magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, however, lesions could be demonstrated in patients undergoing a psychosurgical procedure, gamma capsulotomy, for anxiety disorder.

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