A surgical excision of.
(surgery) Surgical removal of.
Origin of ectomy
- < Gr ektomē, a cutting out < ek-, out + temnein, to cut: see -tomy
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- New Latin -ectomia Greek ek- out ecto– -tomiā -tomy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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”).
- -ectomy, as used in the names of many such operations.