destruction of a portion of the thalamus by application of extreme cold.
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cryothalamotomy(krī″ō-thăl″ă-mŏt′ō-mē) [″ + L. thalamus, inner chamber, + Gr. tome, incision]
The destruction of a portion of the brain with a hypothermic probe. This procedure is used, rarely, to treat parkinsonism and other movement disorders.
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