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Pronunciation: on'i-kek'to-me


  1. Ablation of a toenail or fingernail.
  2. veterinary medicine Surgical removal in felines of distal phalanges of all digits of forefeet, less commonly of hind feet. Procedure involves disarticulation of the P2/P3 junction and subsequent removal of entire P3 bone, at the terminus of which the claw is seated.

Synonym(s): declawing

[onycho- + G. ektome, excision]

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