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Act of cutting; incision: gastrotomy.
[New Latin -tomia, from Greek -tomiā, from tomos, a cutting, from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]
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n combining form
(Surgery) indicating a surgical cutting of a specified part or tissue: lobotomy.
[from Greek -tomia; see -tome]
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a combining form meaning “division” (trichotomy), “cutting, dissection, surgical incision” (laparotomy; lobotomy), “excision” of an object (lithotomy).
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