episiotomy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From episio- +‎ -tomy (surgical incision), from Ancient Greek ἐπίσιον (epísion, pubic region) + τέμνω (témnō, I cut)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˌpiːziːˈɒtəmiː/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɛpəsaɪˈɒtəmiː/

Noun[edit]

episiotomy (plural episiotomies)

  1. (medicine) A surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth.
    • 2011, Caitlin Moran, How to be a Woman:
      The following eight hours were the worst of my life that haven't ended in an episiotomy.

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