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castration

 [kas-tra´shun]
excision of the gonads (bilateral orchiectomy in a male or bilateral oophorectomy in a female), or destruction of the gonads, as by radiation or parasites. If this occurs before puberty, secondary sex characters will fail to develop. See also eunuch.
female castration removal of the ovaries, or bilateral oophorectomy; called spaying in female animals.
male castration bilateral orchiectomy.

cas·tra·tion

(kas-trā'shŭn),
1. Removal of the testicles or ovaries.
2.

castration

The removal of gonads; castration occurs in various contexts:
1. Forensic–a controversial procedure intended to ↓ sexual drives in repeat sex offenders.
2. Pathologic–due to infection, which renders both testes functionally inactive–eg, with filariasis in elephantiasis.
3. Therapeutic–to remove the source of androgens in Pts with androgen-sensitive prostate CA–which can also be accomplished by RT. See Chemical castration, Medical castration, Surgical castration Psychiatry The fantasized loss of the genitals; a mental state of impotence, powerlessness, helplessness, or defeat Urology Surgical removal of testes in ♂ with androgen-dependent prostate CA.

cas·tra·tion

(kas-trā'shŭn)
1. Removal of the testicles or ovaries.
2. See: castration complex; castrate

castration

The removal of the testicles (orchidectomy or orchiectomy), or, sometimes, of all the male external genitalia. The term is also occasionally used to refer to the removal of the ovaries in women. Castration can be valuable in the treatment of androgen dependent cancer of the prostate gland, even if widespread.

castration

see EMASCULATION (2).

castration

or

gelding

) the removal of the testicles.

Huggins,

Charles B., Canadian-U.S. surgeon and Nobel laureate, 1901-1994.
Huggins operation - orchidectomy performed for palliation or cure of cancer of the prostate. Synonym(s): castration