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Pronunciation: kor-dot'o-me


  1. Any operation on the spinal cord.
  2. Division of tracts of the spinal cord, which may be performed percutaneously (stereotactic cordotomy) or after laminectomy (open cordotomy) by various techniques such as incision or radiofrequency coagulation.
  3. Incision through the membranous portion of the vocal fold to widen the posterior glottis in bilateral vocal paralysis.

[G. chorde, cord, + tome, a cutting]

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