[par-uh-thahy-roi-dek-tuh-mee] /ˌpær əˌθaɪ rɔɪˈdɛk tə mi/

noun, plural parathyroidectomies. Surgery.
the excision of a .

parathyroidectomy par·a·thy·roid·ec·to·my (pār’ə-thī’roi-děk’tə-mē)
Excision of the parathyroid glands.


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