from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The surgical cutting or stretching of a nerve, usually to relieve pain.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In surgery, the division of a nerve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The dissection, or anatomy, of the nervous system.
- noun (Med.) The division of a nerve, for the relief of neuralgia, or for other purposes.
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- noun neuroscience The
dissection, or anatomy, of the nervous system.
- noun neurology The
divisionof a nerve, for the relief of neuralgia, or for other purposes - Dunglison.
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The word neurotomy, however, used strictly, means the act or practice of dissection of nerves, and, when applied to the operation as practised to-day, describes only a step in the procedure.
Professor Sewell announced himself as the originator of neurotomy.
'For _Ringbone_ neurotomy has been practised with perfect success, after blistering and firing had both failed, notwithstanding the work the animal had to perform afterwards was of the most trying nature' (_ibid_.).
Peeling sorry at having to get rid of such good horses, and anxious to give another blow to the mistaken theory that unnerved animals were unsafe, I obtained the consent of my commanding officer, who patronizes practical conclusions, to perform neurotomy.
The opponents of neurotomy were, probably, not aware that there is in progression a _muscular_ as well as a _tactile sense_. '
'For _Contracted Hoofs_, viewing them in the light of idiopathic disease, or as being the immediate cause of the existing lameness in the uninflamed condition of the foot, and when consequential changes of its organism have taken place which bid defiance to therapeutic measures, _neurotomy_ is a
To relieve the pain, neurotomy may be performed -- an operation in which the sense of feeling is destroyed in the foot by cutting out pieces of the nerve at the fetlock.
Its most frequent occurrence is found after the operation of neurotomy for foot lameness, and it may appear after the lapse of months or even years.
But in many instances no treatment will arrest the growth of these bony tumors, and as a palliative measure neurotomy must be resorted to.
Radiofrequency neurotomy is where an injection is used to burn nerves in the facet joint in order to stop the body from sending pain signals to the brain.