/em'bree ot"euh mee/, n., pl. embryotomies. Surg.
dismemberment of a fetus, when natural delivery is impossible, in order to effect its removal.
[1715-25; < F embryotomie. See EMBRYO-, -TOMY]

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  • Embryotomy — Em bry*ot o*my, n. [Gr. e mbryon an embryo + te mnein to cut: cf. F. embryotomie.] (Med.) The cutting a fetus into pieces within the womb, so as to effect its removal. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embryotomy — Any mutilating operation on the fetus to make possible its removal when delivery is impossible by natural means. [embryo + G. tome, cutting] * * * em·bry·ot·o·my .em brē ät ə mē n, pl mies 1) mutilation of a fetus to facilitate removal from the… …   Medical dictionary

  • embryotomy — n. damage or mutilation of a fetus in order to induce miscarriage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • embryotomy — em·bry·ot·o·my …   English syllables

  • embryotomy — /ɛmbriˈɒtəmi/ (say embree otuhmee) noun (plural embryotomies) the dismemberment of a foetus to effect an otherwise impossible delivery. {embryo + tomy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • embryotomy — ˌembrēˈäd.əmē noun ( es) Etymology: French embryotomie, from embry + tomie tomy 1. : mutilation of a fetus for removal from the uterus when natural delivery is impossible 2. : dissection of embryos for examination …   Useful english dictionary

  • embryotome — em·bryo·tome em brē ə .tōm n an instrument used in embryotomy * * * em·bryo·tome (emґbre o tōm) a cutting instrument used in embryotomy …   Medical dictionary

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  • lamination — 1. An arrangement in the form of plates or laminae. 2. Embryotomy by removing the fetal head in slices. * * * lam·i·na·tion .lam ə nā shən n a laminated structure or arrangement …   Medical dictionary

  • decapitator — de·cap·i·ta·tor (de kapґĭ ta″tər) an instrument for removing the head of a fetus in embryotomy …   Medical dictionary

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