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

  • n. Surgical removal of the posterior arch of a vertebra.

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  • n. The surgical procedure to remove the bony arch or lamina from one or more vertebrae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, exsection of the laminæ of one or more of the vertebræ to relieve pressure upon the spinal cord.

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  • n. surgical removal of the bony arches on one or more vertebrae


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From lamina + -ectomy


  • The surgical solution involves enlarging the opening to relieve the pressure on the nerves, in an operation called a laminectomy that costs $10,000 to $12,000.

    Benefits of Spine Surgery Affirmed

  • A straightforward way of doing this is a procedure called a laminectomy, otherwise known as

    New Haven Independent

  • The operation, called a laminectomy, removes the back part of the bone over the spinal canal through an incision in the back of the neck.

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • Traditional treatments include laminectomy, where you remove pieces of bone from the spine to make space for the spinal canal and nerves, and discectomy, where you remove pieces of the bulged or ruptured disc that are causing pressure on the nerves.

    Cutting Edge

  • Eventually, his doctor persuaded him that he should have a laminectomy to ease the pain.


  • Finally on July 23rd I left UCSF spine center having had a double laminectomy, stenosis and bone spurs removed.

    Michealene Cristini Risley: The Softer Side of Silicon Valley

  • QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) ... surgical procedure for repair, are you talking about like a laminectomy or what?

    CNN Transcript Aug 12, 2002

  • Finally, a full hour into the laminectomy, Ivan victoriously thrust hammer and chisel skyward, signaling the job was completed.

    Body of Knowledge

  • Fortunately, the laminectomy provided ample opportunity to expend frustration.

    Body of Knowledge

  • The misdiagnosis suited everyone just fine, especially Ivan, who ascertained that the laminectomy, even without a surgically generated anomaly, would pose enough problems.

    Body of Knowledge


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  • "When Robert's painful back (pain radiating from his lower back into the left leg, L-4, L-5 disk, I silently diagnose, candidate for laminectomy) allows for it, we go out."

    --Jane Juska, A Round-Heeled Woman, 127

    April 8, 2008