epi·​si·​ot·​o·​my | \ i-ˌpi-zē-ˈä-tə-mē How to pronounce episiotomy (audio) , -ˌpē- \

Definition of episiotomy

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

Examples of episiotomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recommended against routine use of episiotomy since 2006. Cassandra Willyard, New York Times, "Episiotomy Rates Are Dropping, but Some Doctors Still Snip," 17 Apr. 2020 Doctors began routinely using episiotomies to deliver babies. Cassandra Willyard, New York Times, "Episiotomy Rates Are Dropping, but Some Doctors Still Snip," 17 Apr. 2020 The only difference was I was given a double episiotomy and the vertical one ripped to my butthole. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Chrissy Teigen Claps Back At Trump Calling Coronavirus Test “Invasive”," 25 Mar. 2020 Less common were other threats; physical abuse, including refusing anesthesia for an episiotomy (a cut to the perineum to aid with delivery); or sharing private information without women’s consent. BostonGlobe.com, "a new survey of 2,700 US women published in June," 14 Sep. 2019 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episiotomy. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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epi·​si·​ot·​o·​my | \ i-ˌpiz-ē-ˈät-ə-mē How to pronounce episiotomy (audio) , -ˌpēz- How to pronounce episiotomy (audio) \
plural episiotomies

Medical Definition of episiotomy

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

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