mastectomy surgical removal of a breast, 1909, from Gk. mastos "woman's breast" (see MASTO- (Cf. masto-)) + -ECTOMY (Cf. -ectomy).

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  • mastectomy — ► NOUN (pl. mastectomies) ▪ a surgical operation to remove a breast. ORIGIN from Greek mastos breast …   English terms dictionary

  • mastectomy — [mas tek′tə mē] n. pl. mastectomies [ MAST(O) + ECTOMY] the surgical removal of all or part of a breast, usually so as to remove cancerous tissue …   English World dictionary

  • mastectomy — /ma stek teuh mee/, n., pl. mastectomies. Surg. the operation of removing all or part of the breast or mamma. Also called mammectomy. [1920 25; MAST + ECTOMY] * * * Surgical removal of a breast, usually because of breast cancer. If the cancer has …   Universalium

  • Mastectomy — A general term for removal of the breast. usually to remove cancerous tissue. The operation can be done in a hospital or in an outpatient clinic, depending on how extensive it needs to be. It takes from two to three hours, with three to five… …   Medical dictionary

  • mastectomy — n. surgical removal of a breast. Simple mastectomy, performed for extensive but not necessarily invasive tumours, involves simple removal of the breast; the skin and if possible the nipple may be retained and a prosthesis (see breast implant) may …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • mastectomy — UK [mæˈstektəmɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms mastectomy : singular mastectomy plural mastectomies medical a medical operation in which a woman s breast is removed …   English dictionary

  • mastectomy — [[t]mæste̱ktəmi[/t]] mastectomies N VAR A mastectomy is a surgical operation to remove a woman s breast …   English dictionary

  • mastectomy — noun (plural mies) Etymology: Greek mastos breast + English ectomy Date: circa 1923 surgical removal of all or part of the breast and sometimes associated lymph nodes and muscles …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mastectomy — noun The surgical procedure to remove of all or part of a breast; mammectomy …   Wiktionary

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