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craniotomy

Pronunciation: kra'ne-ot'o-me

Definition:

  1. Opening into the skull.
  2. Formerly used operation for perforation of the head of the fetus, removal of the contents, and compression of the empty skull, when delivery by natural means is impossible.

[cranio- + G. tome, incision]

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