from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical incision of the uterus, as in a cesarean section.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The surgical procedure of making an incision in the uterus, commonly combined with a laparotomy during a caesarean section.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of cutting into the uterus, as in Cæsarean section. See under cæsarean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the operation of cutting into the uterus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surgical incision into the uterus (as in cesarean section)
"One day I walked into an operating room and they did a hysterotomy, which is a cesarean section, lifted out a baby that was crying and breathing, and put it in a bucket in the corner of the room, and let it die, and pretended nobody heard it," he told the audience.
Exposure of 26-week fetus through hysterotomy revealing sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT).
Consider: in 1973 a team of Finnish and American scientists decapitated a dozen human fetuses, each aborted live through hysterotomy, and kept the heads alive artificially for study.
D&E/D&X are preferred over labor induction, hysterotomy and hysterectomy procedures, where they are possible, specifically because they have documented lower morbidity and mortality rates.
On October 3, 1973, Edelin performed a legal abortion at the request of a pregnant seventeen year-old, completing the operation by hysterotomy or mini-Cesarean, after three attempts at saline infusion failed.
The conviction of Dr. Edelin, despite that defense, opens the possibility that any doctor maybe convicted of homicide in the death of a legally aborted fetus -- particularly in late abortions and those performed by hysterotomy, which run the risk of producing a fetus that shows at least fleeting signs of life.
In the hysterotomy, he removed the fetus through an incision in its mother's abdomen peeling it from the wall of the womb and scooping it out along with the afterbirth.
One of these witnesses even suggested that the gasps had come during the earlier attempts at saline infusion, and that the fetus had died at that time -- before the hysterotomy began.
The subject fetuses were "derived from either hysterectomy or hysterotomy... undertaken in the interest of the health, sanity or life of the mother."
It is possible to just remove the fetus from the womb and let it die naturally (hysterotomy).