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Pronunciation: hem'e-lam'i-nek'to-me

Definition: Removal of a portion of a vertebral lamina, usually performed for exploration of, access to, or decompression of the intraspinal contents.

[hemi- + L. lamina, layer, + G. ektome, excision]

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