388. Surgery


See also 266. MEDICAL SPECIALTIES .

ablation
Medicine. removal of part of the body by surgery.
apocope
excision or amputation.
cauterism
Obsolete, cautery.
cautery
the act of cauterization, or burning away of dead tissue.
centesis
a surgical perforation or puncture.
chirurgery
Archaic. surgery.
comminution
the breaking of a bone into small pieces. See also 52. BONES .
craniotome
a surgical instrument for opening a hole in the skull.
cryosurgery
a surgical technique using freezing to destroy tissue.
dermatoplasty
any form of plastic surgery of the skin, as skin grafts.
elytroplasty
surgery of the vagina.
neoplasty
repair or restoration of part of the body by plastic surgery.
osteoplasty
the surgical practice of bone-grafting.
osteotome
a serrated instrument for bone surgery.
osteotomy
1. the dissection or anatomy of bones.
2. the cutting of bones as part of a surgical operation. —osteotomist, n.
prosthetics
the branch of surgery dealing with the replacement of missing limbs or organs with artificial substitutes. — prosthetic, adj.
tomomania
an obsession with surgery.
traumatonesis
the process of suture.
vasectomy
surgical excision of part of the vas deferens, the duct which carries sperm from the testes, performed as a form of male contraception.
zooplasty
the process of surgically grafting tissue from a lower animal onto the human body. — zooplastic, adj.

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