episiotomy

noun
epi·​si·​ot·​o·​my | \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

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The number of cesarean sections, the number of forceps deliveries and the number of episiotomies were almost identical in the two groups. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Epidurals Do Not Prolong Labor," 10 Oct. 2017 According to George, there wasn't enough time for an episiotomy—a surgical incision that enlarges the vaginal opening before childbirth. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "This Mommy Blogger Got Candid About Her ‘Broken Vagina’ After Childbirth," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of episiotomy

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for episiotomy

International Scientific Vocabulary episio- vulva (from Greek epision pubic region) + -tomy

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episiotomy

noun
epi·​si·​ot·​o·​my | \i-ˌpiz-ē-ˈät-ə-mē, -ˌpēz- \
plural episiotomies

Medical Definition of episiotomy 

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

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