rhizotomy(redirected from anterior rhizotomy)
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n. pl. rhi·zot·o·mies
Surgical severance of spinal nerve roots to relieve pain or hypertension.
n, pl -mies
(Surgery) surgical incision into the roots of spinal nerves, esp for the relief of pain
rhi•zot•o•my(raɪˈzɒt ə mi)
n., pl. -mies.
the surgical cutting of a spinal nerve root.
the surgical cutting of the nerve roots of the spine, usually the sensory or posterior roots, to relieve pain or eliminate paralysis.See also: Nerves
Cutting nerve roots from spinal cord, used to relieve pain.
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|Noun||1.||rhizotomy - surgical procedure in which spinal nerve roots are cut; done (anterior roots) to relieve intractable pain or (posterior roots) to stop severe muscle spasms|
surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, surgery, operation - a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"
n. rizotomía, división o transección de la raíz de un nervio.