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Related to cranioclast: facioplasty
Instrument like a strong forceps formerly used for crushing and extracting the fetal head after perforation.
[cranio- + G. klaō, to break in pieces]
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)