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From mast- +‎ -ectomy.

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  • IPA(key): /ˌmæˈstɛktəmi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktəmi

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mastectomy (plural mastectomies)

  1. The surgical procedure to remove all or part of a breast and sometimes nearby tissues.
    Synonym: mammectomy
    • 2023 February 6, Hilary Osborne, “I thought knowing I had the ‘cancer gene’ would cast a shadow over my life. Now I have it, I realise how wrong I was”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      Three years later came Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she had the BRCA1 gene, and had decided to have a double mastectomy. The story topped the news, and was written about for days afterwards.

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