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effacement

 [ĕ-fās´ment]
the obliteration of form or features; said of the cervix uteri during labor when it shortens from 1 or 2 cm in length to paper thin and there is no longer a cervical canal but only an external cervical os.
Cervical dilation and effacement. During labor, the multigravida's cervix remains thicker than that of the nullipara. From McKinney et al., 2000.

ef·face·ment

(ē-fās'ment),
The thinning out of the cervix just before or during labor.

effacement

Obstetrics The process that occurs during the last month of pregnancy, extending through the 1st stage of labor in which the cervix and endocervix become thinner and shorter; the canal is thus converted from a tube to a flaring funnel

ef·face·ment

(e-fās'mĕnt)
The thinning out of the cervix just before or during labor.

Effacement

The thinning out of the cervix that normally occurs along with dilation shortly before delivery.
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Induction of labour is the non-spontaneous initiation of uterine contractions that result in progressive cervical effacement and dilatation with descent of the presenting part to achieve vaginal delivery when continuation of pregnancy presents a threat to the life or well-being of the mother or her unborn foetus.
Systemic or epidural analgesia was initiated when there were regular contractions at 5 minute intervals associated with progressive cervical effacement and dilatation of 3-4cm.
The cornerstone of active management is the diagnosis of labor: regular, painful contractions occurring every 5 minutes or more frequently and either spontaneous rupture of membranes or complete cervical effacement. Women in labor with regular, painful contractions and complete cervical effacement who have not yet ruptured membranes receive an amniotomy to move the labor forward.