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mas·tec·to·my

 (mă-stĕk′tə-mē)
n. pl. mas·tec·to·mies
Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, sometimes including excision of the underlying pectoral muscles, associated skin, and regional lymph nodes, usually performed as a treatment for cancer.

mastectomy

(mæˈstɛktəmɪ)
n, pl -mies
(Surgery) the surgical removal of a breast

mas•tec•to•my

(mæˈstɛk tə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
the surgical removal of all or part of the breast or mamma.
[1920–25; < Greek mast(ós) breast]

mastectomy


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Surgery to remove a breast.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mastectomy - surgical removal of a breast to remove a malignant tumormastectomy - surgical removal of a breast to remove a malignant tumor
ablation, cutting out, extirpation, excision - surgical removal of a body part or tissue
modified radical mastectomy - removal of a breast and the pectoralis minor and some lymph nodes in the adjacent armpit
radical mastectomy - removal of a breast and the underlying muscles (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor) and lymph nodes in the adjacent armpit
simple mastectomy - removal of a breast leaving the underlying muscles and the lymph nodes intact
Translations
mastectomia

mastectomy

[mæˈstektəmɪ] N (Med) → mastectomía f
she had to have a mastectomytuvieron que hacerle una mastectomía

mastectomy

[mæˈstɛktəmi] nmastectomie f

mastectomy

mastectomy

[ˌmæsˈtɛktəmɪ] nmastectomia

mas·tec·to·my

n. mastectomía. V.: mammectomy

mastectomy

n (pl -mies) mastectomía; modified radical — mastectomía radical modificada
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[27] Three types of surgery practised are; conservative surgery (lumpectomy, quadrantectomy, tylectomy, partial mastectomy or segmental mastectomy etc.), moderate surgery (modified radical matsectomy, simple mastectomy with axillary clearance etc.) and radical surgery (Halsted mastectomy, Extended radical mastectomy and supraradical mastectomy etc.).
The elegant opening essay by medical historian Barron Lerner is one of the most provocative, arguing that "even an ostensibly scientific term such as cure was itself socially constructed." In the 1890s, the surgeon William Halsted introduced his extensive and disfiguring operation, the Halsted mastectomy, as a cure with a catch: it only worked if the tumor was detected "early enough." If a patient died despite radical surgery, Halsted and his followers could maintain their belief that the operation was curative--if only the woman had found the tumor in time!