noun (plural leukotomies)
The surgical cutting of white nerve fibers within the brain, especially prefrontal lobotomy, formerly used to treat mental illness.
More example sentences
- 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.