Definition of lobotomy in English:


Syllabification: lo·bot·o·my
Pronunciation: /ləˈbätəmē

noun (plural lobotomies)

  • A surgical operation involving incision into the prefrontal lobe of the brain, formerly used to treat mental illness.
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    • 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.

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