Formerly used operation of cutting into the head of the fetus.

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ceph·a·lot·o·my (sef″ə-lotґə-me) [cephalo- + -tomy] 1. the cutting up of the fetal head to facilitate delivery. 2. dissection of the fetal head.

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  • Cephalotomy — Ceph a*lot o*my, n. 1. Dissection or opening of the head. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) Craniotomy; usually applied to bisection of the fetal head with a saw. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cephalotomy — /kef al otˈə mi/ noun (Gr tomē a cut) the dissection of the head • • • Main Entry: ↑cephal …   Useful english dictionary

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