Definition of peritomy in English:

peritomy

noun

  • 1Circumcision. rare.

  • 2Ophthalmology. Excision of a strip of conjunctiva around the cornea; an instance of this.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Campbell (1719–1796), Church of Scotland minister and college head. From Hellenistic Greek περιτομή circumcision from ancient Greek περι- + τομή. With sense 1 compare post-classical Latin peritome and French péritomie.

Pronunciation

peritomy

/pɪˈrɪtəmi/