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

  • suffix Surgical removal: tonsillectomy.

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  • suffix Excision of.
  • suffix Surgical removal of.


New Latin -ectomia : Greek ek-, out; see ecto- + -tomiā, -tomy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek -εκτομία (ektomía, "a cutting out of"), from ἐκτέμνω (ektémnô, "to cut out"), from ἐκ (ek, "out") + τέμνω (témnô, "to cut"). (Wiktionary)


  • While women are certainly more in tune to bone loss and bone issues than men, many of us still tend to relegate bone issues to the second tier of medical attention with heart attacks, cancer, and anything that involves the suffix -ectomy typically standing firmly on the first tier.

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