a. Discussion. Excision is the cutting out of a part. The suffixes used to
denote excision are as follows:
(1) --ectomy--to cut out or excise. Excisions are divided into two types--partial
or subtotal excision (b, below) and complete or total excisions (c, below).
--exeresis--to strip out. (Examples are discussed in d, below.)
b. Partial or Subtotal Excision.
Subtotal gastrectomy--excision of a part of the stomach.
Biopsy of lymph node--removal of a lymph node from a living person for
Curettage of uterus--the scooping out of retained material.
c. Complete or Total Excision.
Mastectomy, radical--removal of entire breast and axillary lymph nodes.
Chondrectomy--excision of cartilage.
Obliteration (to efface).
Ligation of varicose veins--the lumen of the vein is closed.
Extirpation (to "root out").
Enucleation of eye--removal of an entire eyeball.