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Caesarean Tweet Definition of Caesarean Like Definition of Caesarean on Facebook
noun
  1. Short form of Caesarean section.
adjective
  1. Of or relating to Julius Caesar.
cannula Tweet Definition of cannula Like Definition of cannula on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) A tube inserted in the body to drain or inject fluid.
  2. (aviation) A hose or tube that connects directly to an oxygen (O2) bottle/source from the user's nose, commonly used by aircraft pilots or others needing direct oxygen breathing apparatus.
castrate Tweet Definition of castrate Like Definition of castrate on Facebook
verb (castrat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove the testicles of.
centesis Tweet Definition of centesis Like Definition of centesis on Facebook
noun (pl. centesises)
  1. Med., Surg. puncture or perforation
cesarean Tweet Definition of cesarean Like Definition of cesarean on Facebook
nounCaesarean (plural:Caesareans)
  1. (British) Short form of Caesarean section.
adjectiveCaesarean
  1. (British) Of or relating to Julius Caesar.
chemosurgery Tweet Definition of chemosurgery Like Definition of chemosurgery on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) the selective destruction of diseased or malignant tissue by means of chemical substances; used especially in the treatment of the skin
circumcise Tweet Definition of circumcise Like Definition of circumcise on Facebook
verb (circumcis, ing)
  1. To amputate the foreskin from a penis.
  2. To amputate the clitoris, prepuce, or labia.
circumcision Tweet Definition of circumcision Like Definition of circumcision on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of excising or amputating the foreskin or prepuce from the penis.
  2. The act of excising tissue from the vulva of the female.
cochlear implant Tweet Definition of cochlear implant Like Definition of cochlear implant on Facebook
noun
  1. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that can help provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
commissurotomy Tweet Definition of commissurotomy Like Definition of commissurotomy on Facebook
noun (commissurotomies)
  1. (medicine) The surgical division of a commissure or similar structure.
compressor Tweet Definition of compressor Like Definition of compressor on Facebook
noun
  1. A device that produces pressure, such as a gas compressor that produces pressurized gas.
  2. A devices that squeezes (compresses).
  3. (audio) A device that reduces the dynamic range of an audio signal
cosmetic surgery Tweet Definition of cosmetic surgery Like Definition of cosmetic surgery on Facebook
noun
  1. Surgery (and related medical treatment) undergone to improve appearance rather than for health reasons.
    The face lift is a classic example of .
cryosurgery Tweet Definition of cryosurgery Like Definition of cryosurgery on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) The use of a probe containing liquid nitrogen to freeze and thus destroy tissue
curettage Tweet Definition of curettage Like Definition of curettage on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) The removal of unwanted tissue from a body cavity using a curette
curette Tweet Definition of curette Like Definition of curette on Facebook
noun
  1. A spoon-shaped surgical instrument for cleaning a diseased surface
cyclotomy Tweet Definition of cyclotomy Like Definition of cyclotomy on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) surgical removal of the ciliary muscle; cyclicotomy
  2. (mathematics) the historical problems of dividing the circle into a given number of equal segments, and of constructing regular polygons
  3. (mathematics) the analytical extraction of the complex roots of unity; a de Moivre number

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