-ectomy, -ectome, -ectomize
(Greek: a suffix; cut, excise, surgical removal of)
Treatment after the surgical removal of a portion of the iris of the eye.
preventive mastectomy, prophylactic mastectomy
Removal of one or both breasts without the current presence of cancer.
This surgery is sometimes chosen as a preventive measure by women who have a strong family history of breast cancer.
Surgical excision of the anus, rectum, and sigmoid flexure.
prostatectomy (prahs" tuh TEK tuh mee, prahs" tuh TEK toh mee)
Surgical removal of the prostate or of a part of it.
The operation may be performed through an incision in the perineum or external region between the scrotum and anus (perineal prostatectomy), into the bladder (suprapubic prostatectomy), or through the urethra (transurethral prostatectomy, TUP)
The surgical removal of the urinary bladder and prostate gland.
Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -cise, -cide; mutil-; put-; sec-, seg-; temno-; -tomy; trunc-.
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