- dismemberment of a fetus, when natural delivery is impossible, in order to effect its removal.
Origin of embryotomy
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If the disproportion is too great the only resort is embryotomy.
Embryotomy consists in the dissection of the fetus, so as to reduce its bulk and allow of its exit through the pelvis.
Finding it impossible to deliver her in the usual way, embryotomy was in this instance employed.Cattle and Their Diseases
It is noteworthy that he recognized the method of embryotomy as necessary when other measures had failed.Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine
James Sands Elliott
These cases are always trying, but it is very rarely necessary to resort to embryotomy.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- The cutting of the fetus while in the uterus to aid its removal when delivery is impossible by natural means.
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