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Ectomy: This form means “excision” of the part that is specified as the initial element, used in the formation of compound words. For example, “colectomy partial” is removal of part of the colon; “lymph node excision” is the removal of a lymph node, an “appendectomy” is appendix removal; and “lumpectomy” is the removal of a lump.

This is from the Greek “ek” meaning out and “tome” mean a cutting – so ectomy equals a cutting out.

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