- the operation of opening the skull, usually for operations on the brain.
Origin of craniotomy
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Examples from the Web for craniotomy
Even if the child is not dying, some obstetricians will do craniotomy.
The extrauterine foetus is not like a foetus in a craniotomy case.
One man can do craniotomy, but it requires three to perform the caesarean section.
Craniotomy is a direct killing, and a direct killing used as a means to an end; moreover it is an altogether unnecessary killing.
If the head sticks, caesarean section is done in favourable circumstances, and craniotomy in unfavourable circumstances.
- any surgical incision into the skull, esp to expose the brain for neurosurgery
- the surgical crushing of a fetal skull to extract a dead fetus
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Word Origin and History for craniotomy
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- Incision into the skull.
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- Surgical incision into the skull.
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