-ectomy, -ectome, -ectomize

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

uvulectomy (s) (noun), uvulectomies (pl)
The surgical excision or removal of the central tag-like structure which is suspended from the edge of the soft palate or roof of the mouth: A uvulectomy is just one of several medical treatments for the uvula or the tissue that dangles down in the back of the throat.
vaginectomy, vaginalectomy
1. Excision, or surgical removal) of part or all of the vagina.
2. The surgical removal of the serous membrane covering the testis and epididymus (canal through which the sperm passes).
The surgical excision of a portion of the scrotal sac with ligation of the dilated veins to relieve varicocele (enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord or varicose veins in the scrotum or the muscular sac which contains the testes).
vasectomize, vasectomise; vasectomized, vasectomizing
1. To perform a vasectomy on a man.
2. To remove the vas deferens: "Many men choose to be vasectomized as a form of safe birth control."
A surgery to cut the vas deferens, the tubes through which a man's sperm travels.

After a vasectomy, sperm cannot move out of the testes. A man who has had a vasectomy can not make a woman pregnant.

A vasectomy is sometimes called "tying the tubes".

Vasectomy is usually done in a surgeon's office under local anesthesia. The patient will be awake, but will not feel any pain. A small cut is made in the upper part of the scrotum, and the tubes (vas deferens) are tied off and cut apart. Stitches are used to close the wound.

The patient usually is able to return home as soon as the procedure is completed, and return to work the next day if the job is not physically strenuous. Full physical activity may be resumed in three to seven days.

Such surgery does not affect a man's ability to achieve orgasm, ejaculate, or have an erection. There will still be fluid (semen) in the ejaculate, but it will contain no sperm.

1. Excision of the vas deferens, or of a portion of it: performed to effect sterility in men.
2. A surgical sterilisation procedure performed in males where a segment of the vas deferens (excretory duct of the testis that conveys sperm) is removed.
3. The surgical removal of the ductus (vas) deferens, or of a portion of it; done to induce infertility or in association with a prostatectomy.
Surgical excision of the ductus (vas) deferens (excretory duct of the testis which joins the excretory duct of the seminal vesicle to form the ejaculatory duct) and seminal vesicles.
Excision of a segment of a vein, performed sometimes for the cure of varicose veins.
Surgery for the relief of laryngeal stenosis (surgical narrowing or constricting of the larynx, the voice box).

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

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