from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Surgical incision into an ovary, as to perform a biopsy or remove a tumor.
  • noun An oophorectomy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The removal of an ovary that has undergone cystic or other degeneration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Surg.) The operation of removing one or both of the ovaries; oöphorectomy.

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  • noun A surgical removal of an ovary.


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  • This operation, known as ovariotomy, is one of the greatest triumphs of modern surgery.

    Plain facts for old and young : embracing the natural history and hygiene of organic life.

  • Ephraim McDowell (1771–1830) performed a successful ovariotomy, thus showing that surgery of the abdominal cavity was not necessarily fatal.


  • At what age is it best to practise castration and ovariotomy?

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • -- The removal of the ovaries, or ovariotomy, is practised for the purpose of rendering the female more useful for meat production, prolonging the period of lactation, overcoming vicious habits and preventing oestrum or heat.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • Altogether his publications number almost 100, the best known of which deal with ovariotomy, the transplantation of bone, radical operation for hernia, and phases of the treatment of cancer.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Mutilation and infibulation of females have been practised by savages with the same end in view, while vasectomy, orchotomy, and ovariotomy, have had their avowed advocates in our own time.

    The Fertility of the Unfit

  • According to these authors numberless instances prove that in women double ovariotomy does not necessarily interfere with the course of pregnancy or the development of the milk glands.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • Smith and Schuster found that ovariotomy, with or without subsequent implantation of testes or injection of testis extract, had no effect in causing the thumb of the female to assume any male characters.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • Stone 15.43 performed ovariotomy on a girl of fifteen, removing a tumor weighing 81 1/2 pounds.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • McGraw 1.55 illustrates vicarious menstruation by an example, the discharge issuing from an ovariotomy-scar, and Hooper 1.56 cites an instance in which the vicarious function was performed by a sloughing ulcer.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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