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embryotomy

[em-bree-ot-uh-mee]
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noun, plural em·bry·ot·o·mies. Surgery.
  1. dismemberment of a fetus, when natural delivery is impossible, in order to effect its removal.
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Origin of embryotomy

From the French word embryotomie, dating back to 1715–25. See embryo-, -tomy
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Examples from the Web for embryotomy

Historical Examples

  • If the disproportion is too great the only resort is embryotomy.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Embryotomy consists in the dissection of the fetus, so as to reduce its bulk and allow of its exit through the pelvis.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Finding it impossible to deliver her in the usual way, embryotomy was in this instance employed.

  • It is noteworthy that he recognized the method of embryotomy as necessary when other measures had failed.

  • 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


embryotomy in Medicine

embryotomy

(ĕm′brē-ŏtə-mē)
n.
  1. The cutting of the fetus while in the uterus to aid its removal when delivery is impossible by natural means.
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