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episiotomy

Pronunciation: e-piz'e-ot'o-me

Definition: Surgical incision of the vulva to prevent laceration at the time of delivery or to facilitate vaginal surgery.

Synonym(s): vaginoperineotomy

[episio- + G. tome, incision]

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