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From dactyl- +‎ (from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, finger)) +‎ -ectomy (from Ancient Greek ἐκτομή (ektomḗ, excision)).



dactylectomy (plural dactylectomies)

  1. (rare) The amputation of a finger.
    • 1947: American Academy of Pediatrics, The Journal of Pediatrics, volume 30, page 156 (C.V. Mosby)
      […] it would appear that amputation or dactylectomy is definitely contraindicated. Of the four patients whose digits were amputated (and who were not included in this series), no change in the prognosis of their general condition was found […]
    • 1995–9?: Roman Golicz, The English Life of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: The Life of Napoleon III in the context of Anglo-French Relations, chapter twelve: 1871–1873: The Last Visit, (.pdf) / HTML (Don Namor Press)
      There was also criticism of Clover, the foremost anæsthetist of his day, who had laid down the rules of administering anæsthæsia since the first use of it under his direction in November 1847, by chloroform, for a dactylectomy.
    • 2000: “Brian M. Scott”, talk.origins (Google group): Why are Headers Screwing Up?, the 23rd day of January at 9 o’clock a.m.
      Did you consider multiple dactylectomy? Perhaps if she could only count to 2…