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[uh-pee-zee-ot-uh-mee, ep-uh-sahy-]
noun, plural e·pi·si·ot·o·mies. Obstetrics, Surgery.
  1. an incision into the perineum and vagina to allow sufficient clearance for birth.
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Origin of episiotomy

1875–80; < Greek epísio(n) pubic region + -tomy
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British Dictionary definitions for episiotomy


noun plural -mies
  1. surgical incision into the perineum during the late stages of labour to prevent its laceration during childbirth and to make delivery easier
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Word Origin

C20: from episio-, from Greek epision pubic region + -tomy
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Word Origin and History for episiotomy


1878, from comb. form of Greek epision "the pubic region" + -tomy "a cutting."

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episiotomy in Medicine


(ĭ-pĭz′ē-ŏtə-mē, ĭ-pē′zē-)
  1. Incision of the perineum during childbirth to ease delivery.
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episiotomy in Science


[ĭ-pĭz′ē-ŏtə-mē, ĭ-pē′zē-]
  1. Surgical incision of the perineum during vaginal childbirth to facilitate delivery.
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