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n. pl. psy·cho·sur·ger·ies
Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders.

psy′cho·sur′geon (-sûr′jən) n.
psy′cho·sur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.


(Surgery) any surgical procedure on the brain, such as a frontal lobotomy, to relieve serious mental disorders
psychosurgical adj


(ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒə ri)

treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery.
psy`cho•sur′geon (-dʒən) n.
psy`cho•sur′gi•cal (-dʒɪ kəl) adj.


the use of brain surgery to treat mental disorders. — psychosurgeon, n.
See also: Brain
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.psychosurgery - brain surgery on human patients intended to relieve severe and otherwise intractable mental or behavioral problems
brain surgery - any surgical procedure involving the brain
amygdalotomy - psychosurgery in which amygdaloid fibers that mediate limbic system activity are severed (in cases of extreme uncontrollable violence)
callosectomy, callosotomy - severing the corpus callosum so that communication between the cerebral hemispheres is interrupted (in cases of severe intractable epilepsy)
frontal lobotomy, leucotomy, leukotomy, lobotomy, prefrontal leucotomy, prefrontal leukotomy, prefrontal lobotomy - surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain; often results in marked cognitive and personality changes


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The guardian/conservator also has the power to give any necessary consent to enable the ward to receive necessary medical or other professional care, counsel, treatment or service, except that no guardian/conservator may give consent for psychosurgery, electroshock, sterilization or experimental treatment of any kind unless the procedure is first approved by order of the court as provided in this clause.
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