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Surgical removal: tonsillectomy.
[New Latin -ectomia : Greek ek-, out; see ecto- + -tomiā, -tomy.]
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n combining form
(Surgery) indicating surgical excision of a part: appendectomy.
[from New Latin -ectomia, from Greek ek- out + -tomy]
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a combining form meaning “excision” of the organ or tissue specified by the initial element: tonsillectomy.
[< New Latin -ectomia]
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