episiotomy
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary episio- vulva (from Greek epision pubic region) + -tomy Date: 1878 surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vaginal opening for obstetrical purposes during the birth process

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  • episiotomy — 1878, from comb. form of Gk. epision the pubic region + TOMY (Cf. tomy) a cutting …   Etymology dictionary

  • episiotomy — [i pē΄zē ät′ə mē, ipiz΄ēät′ə ē] n. pl. episiotomies [< Gr epision, pubic region + TOMY] an incision of the perineum, often performed during childbirth to prevent injury to the vagina …   English World dictionary

  • Episiotomy — An episiotomy (pronEng|ɛˌpiːziːˈɒtəmiː) is a surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth. The incision can be midline or at an angle from the posterior end of the vulva, is performed under local… …   Wikipedia

  • Episiotomy — A surgical procedure for widening the outlet of the birth canal to facilitate delivery of the baby and to avoid a jagged rip of the perineum (the area between the anus and the vulva, the opening to the vagina). During an episiotomy, an incision… …   Medical dictionary

  • episiotomy — UK [ɪˌpɪzɪˈɒtəmɪ] / US [ɪˌpɪzɪˈɑtəmɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms episiotomy : singular episiotomy plural episiotomies medical a cut made in a woman s vagina to make it larger so that she can give birth more easily …   English dictionary

  • episiotomy — /euh pee zee ot euh mee, ep euh suy /, n., pl. episiotomies. Obstet., Surg. an incision into the perineum and vagina to allow sufficient clearance for birth. [1875 80; < Gk epísio(n) pubic region + TOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • episiotomy — noun a surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth …   Wiktionary

  • episiotomy — n. surgical incision made into the vaginal tissues during childbirth (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • episiotomy — [ɪˌpɪsɪ ɒtəmi, ɛ ] noun (plural episiotomies) a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery. Origin C19: from Gk epision pubic region + tomy …   English new terms dictionary

  • episiotomy — ep·i·si·ot·o·my …   English syllables

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