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ablation of a small and specific area of the frontal cortex in the treatment of mental illness.
topectomy/to·pec·to·my/ (tah-pek´tah-me) ablation of a small and specific area of the frontal cortex in the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy and psychiatric disorders.
Surgical removal of specific areas of the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex as a treatment for certain mental disorders.
topectomy(tō-pĕk′tō-mē) [″ + ektome, excision]
A form of neurosurgery in which small incisions are made through the thalamofrontal tracts.