sym·phys·i·o·tome, symphyseotome (sim-fiz'ē-ō-tōm),
Instrument for use in symphysiotomy.
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symphysiotomeAn instrument used in symphysiotomy, the sectioning of the symphysis pubis to increase the pelvic diameter for vaginal delivery of a baby. Symphysiotomy is no longer a justified procedure, given that an infant can be more safely delivered by cesarean section than by delivering vaginally following surgery of the pelvis; as such, symphysiotome is no longer used in the working medical practice.
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symphysiotome(sĭm-fĭz′ē-ō-tōm) [″ + tome, incision]
An instrument for dividing a symphysis.
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