modified radical vulvectomy

Pronunciation: (MAH-dih-FIDE RA-dih-kul vul-VEK-toh-mee)

Surgery to remove most, but not all, of the vulva (the external female genital organs, including the clitoris, vaginal lips, and the opening to the vagina). The clitoris may not be removed. Sometimes lymph nodes in the groin area are also removed. Also called partial radical vulvectomy.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2009-07-03 Date last modified: 2009-07-22