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Suffixes Denoting Surgical Procedure

-centesisPuncture a cavity to remove fluidAmniocentesis
-ectomyRemoval (excision)Tonsilectomy
-ostomyA new openingColostomy
-otomyCutting into (incision)Tracheotomy
-oorhaphyRepair or sutureCystorrhaphy
-opexySurgical suspension or fixationHysteropexy
-oplastySurgical repairRhinoplasty
-otripsyCrushing or destroyingLithotripsy
-desisBinding or fusingPleurodesis