sympathectomy
noun (plural -mies) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1900 surgical interruption of sympathetic nerve pathways • sympathectomized adjective

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  • sympathectomy — [sim΄pə thek′tə mē] n. pl. sympathectomies [< SYMPATHETIC + ECTOMY] the interruption by surgical means of part of the sympathetic nervous system …   English World dictionary

  • sympathectomy — /sim peuh thek teuh mee/, n., pl. sympathectomies. Med. 1. surgery that interrupts a nerve pathway of the sympathetic or involuntary nervous system. 2. Also called chemical sympathectomy. a like interruption by chemical means. [1895 1900;… …   Universalium

  • sympathectomy — noun The surgical cutting of a nerve in the sympathetic nervous system …   Wiktionary

  • sympathectomy — Excision of a segment of a sympathetic nerve or of one or more sympathetic ganglia. SYN: sympathetectomy, sympathicectomy. [sympath + G. ektome, excision] chemical s. destruction of the periareterial sympathet …   Medical dictionary

  • sympathectomy — n. surgery which includes the shutting down of part of the sympathetic nervous system …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sympathectomy — [ˌsɪmpə θɛktəmi] noun the surgical cutting or removal of a sympathetic nerve …   English new terms dictionary

  • sympathectomy — sym·pa·thec·to·my …   English syllables

  • sympathectomy — n. the surgical division of sympathetic nerve fibres. It is done to minimize the effects of normal or excessive sympathetic activity. Most often it is used to improve the circulation to part of the body; less commonly to inhibit excess sweating… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • sympathectomy — sym•pa•thec•to•my [[t]ˌsɪm pəˈθɛk tə mi[/t]] n. pl. mies srg surgery that interrupts a nerve pathway of the sympathetic or involuntary nervous system • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • sympathectomy — /sɪmpəˈθɛktəmi/ (say simpuh thektuhmee) noun (plural sympathectomies) Surgery excision of a ganglion in the sympathetic nervous system, as to eliminate blushing, facial sweating, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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