cranioclast


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cra·ni·o·clast

(krā'nē-ō-klast),
Instrument like a strong forceps formerly used for crushing and extracting the fetal head after perforation.
[cranio- + G. klaō, to break in pieces]
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cranioclast

(krā′nē-ō-klast″) [ cranio- + Gr. klastos, broken]
An instrument formerly used to crush the fetal skull to facilitate delivery, e.g., during difficult deliveries in which the life of the mother was at risk.
cranioclasty (-klas″tē)
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cranioclast

A powerful type of forceps sometimes used to crush the head of a dead baby impacted in the pelvis, so as to allow delivery.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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