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Pronunciation: hem'e-kra'ne-ot'o-me

Definition: Separation and reflection of the greater part or all of one half of the cranium, as a preliminary to an operation upon the brain.

Synonym(s): hemicraniectomy

[hemi- + G. kranion, skull, + tome, cut]

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