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ˌkreɪ niˈɒt ə micran·ioto·my

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. craniotomy(noun)

    a surgical opening through the skull


  1. craniotomy(Noun)

    The surgical procedure for removing a part of the skull, called a bone flap, prior to a treatment. The bone flap is replaced at the end of the operation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Craniotomy(noun)

    the operation of opening the fetal head, in order to effect delivery

    Etymology: [Cranium + Gr. to cut off.]


  1. Craniotomy

    A craniotomy is a surgical operation in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull to access the brain. Craniotomies are often a critical operation performed on patients suffering from brain lesions or traumatic brain injury, and can also allow doctors to surgically implant deep brain stimulators for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and cerebellar tremor. The procedure is also widely used in neuroscience for extracellular recording, brain imaging, and for neurological manipulations such as electrical stimulation and chemical titration. Human craniotomy is usually performed under general anesthesia but can be also done with the patient awake using a local anaesthetic; the procedure typically does not involve significant discomfort for the patient. In general, a craniotomy will be preceded by an MRI scan which provides a picture of the brain that the surgeon uses to plan the precise location for bone removal and the appropriate angle of access to the relevant brain areas. The amount of skull that needs to be removed depends to a large extent on the type of surgery being performed. The bone flap is then replaced using titanium plates and screws or another form of fixation.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Craniotomy

    Any operation on the cranium or incision into the cranium. (Dorland, 28th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of craniotomy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of craniotomy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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