-ectomy, -ectome, -ectomize

(Greek: a suffix; cut, excise, surgical removal of)

Excision of a parathyroid gland.
partial laryngectomy (also: horizontal laryngectomy, supraglottic laryngectomy)
An incomplete resection of the larynx in which the supraglottic portion is removed preserving the vocal cords.
partial mastectomy, segmental mastectomy
Surgical removal of only enough breast tissue to be sure that the margins of the tissue to be sure that the margins of the tissue removed are free of cancer.
penectomy, peotomy
Surgical or traumatic removal of the penis.
pericardectomy, pericardiectomy
Surgical excision of the pericardium.
Excision of a ring of conjunctiva behind the limbus, followed by cauterization of the trench thus made.
Excision of a ring of conjunctiva (thin clear moist membrane that coats the inner surfaces of the eyelids and the outer surface of the eye) behind the limbus (border or margin), followed by cauterization of the trench thus made.
petrosectomy (s) (noun), petrosectomies (pl)
A surgical removal of the air cells or air sacks at the highest point of the petrous part of the temporal bone: After being examined by the ear, nose and throat specialist, Larry found out that a petrosectomy had to be performed to remove the damaged area that was causing his hearing problems.
1. Surgical removal of a portion of the capsule of the lens of the eye.
2. Excision of part of the lens capsule of the eye for a cataract.
The surgical excision (removal) of one or more of the phalanges of the hand or foot.
pharcidectomy, pharkidectomy
A surgical procedure to reduce the most visible signs of aging.

It eliminates excess fat, tightens muscles in the face and neck, and removes sagging skin.


Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -cise, -cide; mutil-; put-; sec-, seg-; temno-; -tomy; trunc-.

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