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episiotomy

surgical incision into the perineum during the late stages of labour to prevent its laceration during childbirth and to make delivery easier
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episiotomy

[ə‚pēz·ē′äd·ə·mē]
(medicine)
Medial or lateral incision of the vulva during childbirth, to avoid undue laceration.
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