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Pronunciation: ker'a-tek'to-me

Definition: An operation done to change the refraction of the cornea; a crescentic piece of corneal stroma is removed and the resultant corneal wound is sutured. This steepens the cornea and increases its power in that axis.

[kerato- + G. ektome, excision]

See Also: keratotomy

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