Glossary Term:

Title

hysterectomy

Phonetic

<b>hiss</b>-ter-<b>EK</b>-tuh-me

Description

an operation to remove the uterus. This can be done through an incision (cut) in the abdomen (belly), through a few small cuts in the lower belly (called laparoscopic hysterectomy), or through the vagina. The ovaries may be removed (oophorectomy) at the same time. See also uterus, oophorectomy, ovary, vagina.