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Glossary: craniotomy, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

craniotomy

(KRAY-nee-AH-toh-mee)

An operation in which an opening is made in the skull.

Drawing of a craniotomy showing a section of the scalp that has been pulled back to remove a piece of the skull; the dura covering the brain has been opened to expose the brain. The layer of muscle under the scalp is also shown.

Craniotomy: An opening is made in the skull and a piece of the skull is removed to show part of the brain.

2011-10-05