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Definition of Neck dissection

Neck dissection: A surgical procedure in which the neck is opened -- to "dissect" means to "cut apart" -- in order to identify, examine, and sometimes remove structures such as lymph nodes or other tissue for diagnosis and/or treatment. See also: Radical neck dissection.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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