Definition of stereotaxis in English:


(also stereotaxy)


mass noun
  • The use of stereotactic instruments or devices in surgery or research.

    • ‘Neurosurgeons long have used image guidance systems, such as fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and, more recently, three-dimensional stereotaxy, to achieve maximum resection while preserving normal brain tissue and function.’
    • ‘We describe an alternate method of frameless stereotaxy without the use of pin fixation.’
    • ‘In neurosurgery, how ever, equally important have been advances in stereotaxy and image guidance.’
    • ‘The patient underwent a right frontal craniotomy with transfrontal resection of the lesion using wand frameless stereotaxy.’
    • ‘We have used stereotaxy in 65% of cases of all non-basal intracranial tumor surgery with a tenfold decrease in morbidity.’


Late 19th century: from stereo- three-dimensional + Greek taxis ‘orientation’.