Laparotomy definition

lăpə-rŏtə-mē
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
laparotomy
Plural:
laparotomies

Origin of laparotomy

  • Greek laparā flank laparoscope –tomy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From laparo- +"Ž -tomy.

    From Wiktionary