Definition of oophorectomy in English:



  • [mass noun] Surgical removal of one or both ovaries; ovariectomy.

    • ‘The multicenter study enrolled women more than 40 years of age who had undergone hysterectomy or oophorectomy.’
    • ‘The current dilemma is whether young women undergoing chemical or surgical oophorectomy should take the precaution of having some ovarian tissue frozen.’
    • ‘Six of the 10 most common non-obstetric procedures had none (coronary artery stent placement, hysterectomy, cholecystectomy, open reduction or internal fixation of fracture, oophorectomy, and appendectomy).’
    • ‘Transmen may be offered bilateral mastectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and fashioning of a penis and scrotum.’
    • ‘Surgical treatment, principally hysterectomy plus bilateral oophorectomy, is controversial because it is irreversible and associated with significant risks.’
    • ‘Establishing a diagnosis in patients with positive results on screening usually requires oophorectomy, a much more invasive procedure than that required for the diagnosis of breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘If hysterectomy with oophorectomy has different effects from hysterectomy without oophorectomy, the effects of different combinations will have been masked.’
    • ‘She may consider possible prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy.’
    • ‘Others might be found serendipitously during a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) for other reasons.’
    • ‘The patient's medical history was significant only for prior cholecystectomy, total hysterectomy and oophorectomy.’
    • ‘The study enrolled women between 31 and 56 years of age who had undergone hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy before natural menopause.’
    • ‘All premenopausal women who underwent hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy were given hormone replacement therapy.’
    • ‘Historically, surgical and radiation oophorectomies have been used to treat severe PMS, but these modalities have no role in the current management of PMDD.’
    • ‘Individuals may seek presymptomatic testing so that those carrying the gene can be more vigilant with breast examination and mammography, or alternatively opt for prophylactic mastectomy or oophorectomy.’
    • ‘In 1997 she had a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy.’
    • ‘Women with a history of hysterectomy, oophorectomy, or infertility were not eligible to participate.’
    • ‘In the case of bilateral oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), the effects are much more drastic.’
    • ‘A woman who tests positive for the gene mutations may choose to undergo preventive procedures, such as mastectomy or oophorectomy, which might be unnecessary if a given mutation would not lead to cancer.’
    • ‘Estrogen replacement therapy is usually not prescribed to patients who have undergone hysterectomy and oophorectomy for ovarian cancer, although data are lacking on whether exogenous estrogen increases the chance of relapse.’
    • ‘The assumption that ovarian cancer and its treatment (hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and chemotherapy) have considerable psychosexual effects is reasonable.’


Late 19th century: from modern Latin oophoron ovary (from Greek ōophoros egg-bearing) + -ectomy.