exploratory surgery

Surgery to look inside the body to help make a diagnosis.

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  • Exploratory surgery — is a diagnostic method used by doctors when trying to find a diagnosis for an ailment. It can be performed in both humans and animals, but it is far more common in animals. It is used most commonly to diagnose or locate cancer in humans, but it… …   Wikipedia

  • Surgery — This article is about the medical specialty. For other uses, see Surgery (disambiguation). A cardiothoracic surgeon performs a mitral valve replacement at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. Surgery (from the Greek …   Wikipedia

  • exploratory — [[t]ɪksplɒ̱rətri, AM plɔ͟ːrətɔːri[/t]] ADJ Exploratory actions are done in order to discover something or to learn the truth about something. Exploratory surgery revealed her liver cancer... The Prime Minister s talks with the leaders of the… …   English dictionary

  • exploratory — adjective Date: 1620 of, relating to, or being exploration < exploratory surgery > < exploratory drilling for oil > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exploratory — ex|plor|a|to|ry [ ık splɔrə,tɔri ] adjective done in order to learn more about something: The doctor explained the need for exploratory surgery. Talks are still in the exploratory stage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • exploratory — UK [ɪkˈsplɒrət(ə)rɪ] / US [ɪkˈsplɔrəˌtɔrɪ] adjective done in order to learn more about something The doctor explained the need for exploratory surgery. Talks are still in the exploratory stage …   English dictionary

  • exploratory — Relating to, or with a view to, exploration. * * * ex·plor·ato·ry ik splōr ə .tōr ē, splȯr , .tȯr adj of, relating to, or being exploration <exploratory surgery> …   Medical dictionary

  • exploratory — ex|plor|a|to|ry [ıkˈsplɔrətəri US ıkˈsplo:rəto:ri] adj done in order to find out more about something ▪ He s going to have exploratory surgery on his knee …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • exploratory — adjective done in order to find out more about something: exploratory surgery …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • exploratory — adjective exploratory surgery Syn: investigative, investigational, explorative, probing, fact finding; experimental, trial, tentative, test, preliminary, provisional …   Thesaurus of popular words

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