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laminotomy

Pronunciation: lam-i-not'o-me

Definition: Excision of a portion of a vertebral lamina resulting in enlargement of the intervertebral foramen for the purpose of relieving pressure in a spinal nerve root.

Synonym(s): rachiotomy

[L. lamina, layer, + G. tome, incision]

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