Meaning of laparotomy

lap•a•rot•o•my

Pronunciation: (lap"u-rot'u-mē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
  1. incision through the abdominal wall.
  2. incision into the loin, esp. for access to the abdominal cavity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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