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 History of this Word

"ectomy" is from "ektomia" (cutting out) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"-ectomy" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates surgical removal. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ectomy illustration Remember, no two people undergoing an appendectomy are alike.
-ectomy illustration Tonsillectomy is the second-most common surgery of childhood, but is less commonly performed in adults.