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-ectomy

suff.
Surgical removal: tonsillectomy.

[New Latin -ectomia : Greek ek-, out; see ecto- + -tomiā, -tomy.]

-ectomy

n combining form
(Surgery) indicating surgical excision of a part: appendectomy.
[from New Latin -ectomia, from Greek ek- out + -tomy]

-ectomy

a combining form meaning “excision” of the organ or tissue specified by the initial element: tonsillectomy.
[< New Latin -ectomia]
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ectomy In an -ectomy, something is actively removed from the body.
If we know that -ectomy means cutting something out, we can define tonsillectomy, the result of repeated tonsillitis, and appendectomy, which is what happens to you if you have appendicitis.