Lumpectomy

The surgical removal of a small tumor (a lump) which may or may not be benign (or malignant). Lumpectomy has come to refer specially to the removal of a lump from the breast. The word "lumpectomy" is a hybrid term. "Lump" is of Middle English origin while "-ectomy" comes from two Greek roots "ek" (out) + "tome" (a cutting) = a cutting of. So a lumpectomy is literally "a cutting out of a lump." A lumpectomy is as opposed to a mastectomy in which the breast is removed. It is a more conservative approach to breast tumor surgery.
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Removal of either a benign or malignant lesion from the breast with preservation of essential anatomy of the breast; tylectomy involving breast tissue. [lump + G. ektome, excision]

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lump·ec·to·my .ləm-'pek-tə-mē n, pl -mies excision of a breast tumor with a limited amount of associated tissue called also tylectomy compare QUADRANTECTOMY

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n.
an operation for breast cancer in which the tumour and surrounding breast tissue are removed: muscles, skin, and lymph nodes are left intact (compare mastectomy). The procedure, usually followed by radiation, is indicated for patients with a tumour less than 2 cm in diameter and who have no metastases to local lymph nodes or to distant organs.

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lum·pec·to·my (ləm-pekґtə-me) 1. surgical excision of only the palpable lesion in carcinoma of the breast; called also tylectomy. 2. surgical removal of a mass. Cf. excisional biopsy.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • lumpectomy — 1971, from LUMP (Cf. lump) (n.), coined on model of MASTECTOMY (Cf. mastectomy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lumpectomy — ► NOUN (pl. lumpectomies) ▪ a surgical operation in which a lump, typically a tumour, is removed from the breast …   English terms dictionary

  • lumpectomy — ☆ lumpectomy [lum pek′tə mē ] n. pl. lumpectomies [ LUMP1 + ECTOMY] the surgical removal of a breast tumor with minimum removal of adjacent normal tissues …   English World dictionary

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  • lumpectomy — [[t]lʌmpe̱ktəmi[/t]] lumpectomies N COUNT A lumpectomy is an operation in which a woman has a lump such as a tumour removed from one of her breasts, rather than having the whole breast removed …   English dictionary

  • lumpectomy — noun (plural mies) Date: 1972 excision of a breast tumor with a limited amount of associated tissue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lumpectomy — /lum pek teuh mee/, n., pl. lumpectomies. the surgical removal of a breast cyst or tumor. [1970 75; LUMP1 + ECTOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • lumpectomy — noun The surgical removal of a tumour or cyst from a breast. Syn: tylectomy …   Wiktionary

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