Definition of episiotomy in English:


Line breaks: episi|ot¦omy
Pronunciation: /ɪˌpiːsɪˈɒtəmi
, ɛ-/

noun (plural episiotomies)

  • A surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues.
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    • Among private patients with an epidural, the most likely birth outcome was an instrumental delivery with an episiotomy.
    • Childbearing women also undergo episiotomies to tighten the outer tissue of the vagina, but Stein says this does not restore muscle tone.
    • But one thing is fairly clear - episiotomies should not be done simply to prevent perineal injury in the mother.


late 19th century: from Greek epision 'pubic region' + -tomy.

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