leukotomy


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leu·kot·o·my

also leu·cot·o·my (lo͞o-kŏt′ə-mē)
n. pl. leu·kot·o·mies also leu·cot·o·mies Chiefly British
A prefrontal lobotomy.

[leuko- (referring to the white matter of the brain) + -tomy.]
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Noun1.leukotomy - surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain; often results in marked cognitive and personality changes
psychosurgery - brain surgery on human patients intended to relieve severe and otherwise intractable mental or behavioral problems
transorbital lobotomy - a method of performing prefrontal lobotomy in which the surgical knife is inserted above the eyeball and moved to cut brain fibers
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Magnetic resonance imaging-guided stereotactic limbic leukotomy for treatment of intractable psychiatric disease.
This procedure was named by Moniz leukotomy (from the Greek [phrase omitted] leukos "clear", "white"), and created more stir than the cerebral angiography, which he has discovered (10).
Hanson (1999) "Smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movement performance in a prefrontal leukotomy patient".