Laparotomy definitions

lăp'ə-rŏt'ə-mē
Surgical incision into the abdominal wall, especially into the flank.
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A surgical incision into the abdomen.
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Surgical incision into the abdominal wall, especially into the flank.
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(surgery) The surgical procedure for making an incision in the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. Performed either as exploratory surgery, or as the first step in an abdominal operation.
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Origin of laparotomy

Greek laparā flank laparoscope –tomy