episiotomy


epi·si·ot·o·my

noun \i-ˌpi-zē-ˈä-tə-mē, -ˌpē-\

Definition of EPISIOTOMY

:  surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vaginal opening for obstetrical purposes during the birth process

Origin of EPISIOTOMY

International Scientific Vocabulary episio- vulva (from Greek epision pubic region) + -tomy
First Known Use: 1878

epi·si·ot·o·my

noun \i-ˌpiz-ē-ˈät-ə-mē, -ˌpēz-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural epi·si·ot·o·mies

Medical Definition of EPISIOTOMY

: surgical enlargement of the vulval orifice for obstetrical purposes during parturition

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