psychosurgery

Definitions of psychosurgery
  1. noun
    brain surgery on human patients intended to relieve severe and otherwise intractable mental or behavioral problems
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    amygdalotomy
    psychosurgery in which amygdaloid fibers that mediate limbic system activity are severed (in cases of extreme uncontrollable violence)
    callosectomy, callosotomy
    severing the corpus callosum so that communication between the cerebral hemispheres is interrupted (in cases of severe intractable epilepsy)
    frontal lobotomy, leucotomy, leukotomy, lobotomy, prefrontal leucotomy, prefrontal leukotomy, prefrontal lobotomy
    surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain; often results in marked cognitive and personality changes
    transorbital lobotomy
    a method of performing prefrontal lobotomy in which the surgical knife is inserted above the eyeball and moved to cut brain fibers
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    brain surgery
    any surgical procedure involving the brain
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