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[uh-pee-zee-ot-uh-mee, ep-uh-sahy-] /əˌpi ziˈɒt ə mi, ˌɛp ə saɪ-/
noun, plural episiotomies. Obstetrics, Surgery
an incision into the perineum and vagina to allow sufficient clearance for birth.
Origin of episiotomy
1875-80; < Greek epísio(n) pubic region + -tomy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for episiotomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical incision into the perineum during the late stages of labour to prevent its laceration during childbirth and to make delivery easier
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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episiotomy in Medicine

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 in Science
  (ĭ-pĭz'ē-ŏt'ə-mē, ĭ-pē'zē-)   
Surgical incision of the perineum during vaginal childbirth to facilitate delivery.
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