Radical

The adjective radical is used to indicate a major procedure or drastic form of treatment, usually the removal of a part of the body.

Radical surgery could be the removal of an arm or leg. A radical mastectomy is the removal of a breast while a radical dissection is the removal of a large amount of material that may be infected or cancerous.

Radical procedures: operating room showing surgery tools; amputee from below the knee and; illustration showing a masectomy

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(Last modified: 13th Oct 2014)

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