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Definition of Vaginal hysterectomy

Vaginal hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus through a surgical incision made within the vagina. With a vaginal hysterectomy, the scar is not outwardly visible. A vaginal hysterectomy is as opposed to an abdominal hysterectomy in which the incision is made in the abdominal wall.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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