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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: rit'i-dek'to-me

Definition: Literally, excision of wrinkles. Usually used to designate rejuvenative surgery of the cheeks and neck performed by tightening the facial supporting structures and excising excess skin; face-lift.

Synonym(s): face-lift, facialplasty, rhytidoplasty

[G. rhytis (rhytid-), a wrinkle]

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