noun (plural -mies) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1899 surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

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  • Vasectomy — Diagram showing the usual location of a vasectomy. Background Birth control type Sterilization First use 1899 (experiments fro …   Wikipedia

  • Vasectomy — Vas*ec to*my (v[a^]s*[e^]k t[ o]*m[y^]), n. [Vas + ecmoty.] (Surg.) Resection or excision of the vas deferens. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vasectomy — 1897, from Mod.L. vas (deferens) + ECTOMY (Cf. ectomy) a cutting …   Etymology dictionary

  • vasectomy — ► NOUN (pl. vasectomies) ▪ the surgical cutting and sealing of part of each vas deferens, especially as a means of sterilization …   English terms dictionary

  • vasectomy — [va sek′tə mē] n. pl. vasectomies [ VAS(O) + ECTOMY] the surgical removal or tying of the vas deferens to prevent the passing of sperm: used as a form of birth control vasectomize vt. vasectomized, vasectomizing …   English World dictionary

  • vasectomy — /va sek teuh mee/, n., pl. vasectomies. Surg. excision of the vas deferens, or of a portion of it: performed to effect sterility in men. [1895 1900; VAS (DEFERENS) + ECTOMY] * * * Severing of the vas deferens, which carries sperm from the testes… …   Universalium

  • vasectomy — Excision of a segment of the vas deferens, performed in association with prostatectomy, or to produce sterility. [vas + G. ektome, excision] * * * va·sec·to·my tə mē n, pl mies surgical division or resection of all or part of …   Medical dictionary

  • vasectomy — n. the surgical operation of severing the duct (vas deferens) connecting the testis to the seminal vesicle and urethra. Vasectomy of both ducts causes sterility and is an increasingly popular means of birth control. Vasectomy does not affect… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • vasectomy — UK [vəˈsektəmɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms vasectomy : singular vasectomy plural vasectomies medical a medical operation that makes a man unable to have children. Doctors cut the tube that the man s sperm passes through …   English dictionary

  • vasectomy — [[t]vəse̱ktəmi[/t]] vasectomies N VAR A vasectomy is a surgical operation in which the tube that carries sperm to a man s penis is cut, usually as a means of contraception …   English dictionary

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