[uh-pee-zee-ot-uh-mee, ep-uh-sahy-]
noun, plural episiotomies. Obstetrics, Surgery.
an incision into the perineum and vagina to allow sufficient clearance for birth.

1875–80; < Greek epísio(n) pubic region + -tomy

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episiotomy (əˌpiːzɪˈɒtəmɪ)
n , pl -mies
surgical incision into the perineum during the late stages of labour to prevent its laceration during childbirth and to make delivery easier
[C20: from episio-, from Greek epision pubic region + -tomy]

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1878, from Gk. epision :the pubic region + -tomy a cutting.
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episiotomy e·pis·i·ot·o·my (ĭ-pĭz'ē-ŏt'ə-mē, ĭ-pē'zē-)
Incision of the perineum during childbirth to ease delivery.

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episiotomy   (ĭ-pĭz'ē-ŏt'ə-mē, ĭ-pē'zē-)  Pronunciation Key 
Surgical incision of the perineum during vaginal childbirth to facilitate delivery.
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Lateral episiotomy is a current care practiced with childbirth room.
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