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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Surgical incision of the perineum during childbirth to facilitate delivery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, incisions into the labia during childbirth, made to relieve dangerous stretching of the perineum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vagina and so facilitate delivery during childbirth


Greek epīsion, pubic region + -tomy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐπίσιον ("pubis") +‎ -tomy. (Wiktionary)



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