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Pronunciation: kap′sū-lot′ō-mē


  1. Division of a capsule, as around a breast implant or through scar tissue that might form around a foreign body.
  2. Creation of an opening through a capsule; frequently done to gain entry into a joint.
  3. Incision of the capsule of the lens in the extracapsular cataract operation.

[L. capsula, capsule, + G. tomē, a cutting]

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