from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The surgical procedure for the removal of the vermiform appendix.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excision of the vermiform appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shortened form of appendicectomy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. surgical removal of the vermiform appendix


append(ix) + -ectomy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From appendix +‎ -ectomy (Wiktionary)


  • Kansas City runs the ball as well as anybody and Matt Cassel quietly has had a very good year - until his recent appendectomy, that is.

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  • Well he flew her ... 2 nurses and one doctor in a snow storm to a hospital that could handle an "appendectomy".

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  • Diabetic patients requiring major operations, such as appendectomy, cholecystectomy, and tonsillectomy, or removal of teeth, are first rendered sugar - and acetone-free, unless the severity of symptoms demand immediate attention.

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  • It is estimated that, worldwide, more than 230 million major encompass a wide spectrum of complexity and indications, from emergency interventions (such as appendectomy), to lifesaving or life-extending operations (such as liver transplantation), to elective surgical interventions (such as total joint replacement), to cosmetic surgery procedures (such as breast augmentation).

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  • However, because of the business I have been invited on many hunts (one I missed because of an emergency appendectomy) that I would never otherwise get to do.

    Q&A, Kirstie Pike, Prois Hunting Apparel Founder

  • Your appendectomy analogy is terribly poor, because the cost of removing a healthy appendix is small compared to the cost of leaving an unhealthy one in (which potentially includes death of the patient).

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  • Some women later said they were told they were having a different procedure, such as an appendectomy.

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  • But Murkowski had to cut short her visit to the House chamber when she got word, just before the president's speech, that the younger of her two sons -- Matt Martell, 17, a senior at Gonzaga -- was headed into the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.

    Update: Senator Murkowski's son recovering after emergency appendectomy

  • Murkowski wrote in a Tweet, Watching #SOTU from hospital waiting room -- our youngest son is undergoing surprise appendectomy surgery.

    Lisa Murkowski Family Emergency Cuts Her State Of The Union Short

  • Unfortunately, the article is an example of trying to relate a very complex surgical problem into a "black and white" choice of management: "early" appendectomy versus several days of intravenous antibiotics followed by "delayed" appendectomy.

    Treatment Decision Is Often Subtle

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