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List of -ectomies

The surgical terminology suffix "-ectomy" was taken from Greek εκ-τομια = "act of cutting out". It means surgical removal of something, usually from inside the body.

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Corpectomy is the removal of a vertebral body as well as the adjacent inter-vertebral discs spine

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  • Iridectomy is the removal of a piece of iris from the eye (mainly done for iris tumours, such as melanoma of the iris).

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  • Keratectomy is the surgical removal of the cornea of the eye.

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Other uses

Sometimes this suffix is used humorously in non-surgical contexts, for example "popculturectomy" for a type of editing process on a text.