Definition of oophorectomy in English:


Line breaks: oo¦phor|ec¦tomy
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊəfəˈrɛktəmi

noun (plural oophorectomies)

[mass noun]
  • Surgical removal of one or both ovaries; ovariectomy.
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    • Others might be found serendipitously during a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) for other reasons.
    • The current dilemma is whether young women undergoing chemical or surgical oophorectomy should take the precaution of having some ovarian tissue frozen.
    • Transmen may be offered bilateral mastectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and fashioning of a penis and scrotum.


late 19th century: from modern Latin oophoron 'ovary' (from Greek ōophoros 'egg-bearing') + -ectomy.

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