Definition of leukotomy in English:


Syllabification: leu·kot·o·my
Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈkätəmē

noun (plural leukotomies)

The surgical cutting of white nerve fibers within the brain, especially prefrontal lobotomy, formerly used to treat mental illness.
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  • Solms discovered that patients who had had a prefrontal leukotomy, a common surgical procedure for mental illness in the 1950s and 60s, reported loss of dreaming.
  • Some medical experts claim that a leukotomy can help treat anorexia and suicidal depression.
  • During the next ten years various methods of frontal leukotomy were developed by Moniz, Freeman and Watts.

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