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amniotomy

noun am·ni·ot·o·my \ ˌam-nē-ˈät-ə-mē \

medical Definition of amniotomy

plural amniotomies
:intentional rupture of the amnion chiefly to induce or facilitate labor
  • Regardless of the common practice of performing amniotomy in most labors, there seems to be little evidence of its effectiveness in preventing or treating abnormal progress of labor.
  • —Watson A. Bowes, Jr., in Management of Labor and Delivery1997

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