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1. the cutting up of the fetal head to facilitate delivery.
2. dissection of the fetal head.
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Formerly used operation of cutting into the head of the fetus.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
cephalotomy(1) In surgery, the opening of or incision into the head.
(2) The near-extinct practice of excising the head of a foetus in the face of cephalopelvic disproportion—e.g., when vaginal delivery of a breech presentation or hydrocephalic infant become impossible.
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