Definition of electively in US English:

electively

adverb

  • See elective

    • ‘I seek leave to table information from the Health Information Service that shows that the number of people treated electively has gone up from 68,000 in 2001 to 114,000 in 2004.’
    • ‘The patient was taken electively to the operating room where a 7.5 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm hard, nodular tumor mass was resected from the neck and anterior mediastinum.’
    • ‘Surgeons often electively repair abdominal aortic aneurysms that measure 4 to 5.5 cm in diameter even though the long-term survival benefit of early elective surgery is uncertain.’
    • ‘Potentially curative resection was achieved in about 70% of patients presenting electively; the curative resection rate was lower in those presenting as emergencies.’
    • ‘Adequate preoperative planning, scheduling surgery electively as opposed to emergency and improving nutritional status may be helpful.’