Definition of laparotomy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

laparotomy

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noun
BrE BrE//ˌlæpəˈrɒtəmi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌlæpəˈrɑːtəmi//
 
(pl. laparotomies)(medical)
 
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a cut in the abdomen in order to perform an operation or an examination Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Greek lapara ‘flank’ + -tomy.
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