-ectomy, -ectome, -ectomize

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

sclerectomy
scleroticectomy
scrotectomy
A partial or complete excision (removal by cutting) of the scrotum.
segmentectomy
septectomy (s) (noun), septectomies (pl)
The surgical removal of the whole or a part of a partition wall of a body part; such as, the nose.
sequestrectomy, sequestrotomy (s) (noun); sequestrectomies, sequestrotomies (pl)
The surgical removal of a piece of dead bone that has become separated during the process of necrosis (death or decay from irreparable injury) from a sound bone: As a result of Lorna's falling down the stairway, she had to have a sequestrectomy to remove the decomposing and decaying bone from her leg.
sialadenectomy
Excision of any one of the salivary glands, usually one of the major salivary glands, particularly the parotid and submandibular glands.
sialoadenectomy
Excision of a salivary gland.
sigmoidectomy
Excision of the sigmoid colon (the portion of the colon that connects to the descending colon above and the rectum below).
sigmoidectomy, colectomy
The surgical excision of the sigmoid colon.
simple mastectomy, total mastectomy
1. Treatment of breast cancer in which the breast, nipple, areola (small darkened area around the nipple of the breast), and the involved overlying skin is removed.
2. Removal of one or both breasts, but not the lymph nodes.
spermatocelectomy
spermatocystectomy
spermectomy
Excision of a spermatic cord.
sphenoethmoid
A reference to the sphenoid and ethmoid bones.

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

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