Definition of exenteration in English:

exenteration

noun

  • Complete surgical removal of a body organ, especially the eyeball and other contents of the eye socket, usually in cases of malignant cancer.

    • ‘Accurate pre-operative assessment is essential to differentiate between these two so that surgery can be planned and adequate consent and patient information given especially if there is a possibility of orbital exenteration.’
    • ‘In every case the primary surgical aim was exenteration of retraction pocket disease with or without cholesteatoma.’
    • ‘The following week, the patient underwent a palliative anterior pelvic exenteration of the urinary bladder with urinary diversion and partial vulvectomy involving the upper part of the vulva and clitoris.’
    • ‘At the time of the power outage, three patients were undergoing procedures - an anterior ankle fusion, a bilateral radical neck dissection, and a total pelvic exenteration.’
    • ‘Historically, radical excision with orbital exenteration has been the standard treatment for paranasal sinus tumours that approached the eye.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (originally in the sense disembowelment): from Latin exenterat- removed from the verb exenterare (suggested by Greek exenterizein), from ex- out of + enteron intestine.

Pronunciation:

exenteration

/iɡˌzen(t)əˈrāSH(ə)n/