Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the operation of dividing the symphysis pubis for the purpose of facilitating labor; the Sigaultian section or operation.
- n. surgery The operation of dividing the symphysis pubis to facilitate labour; the Sigualtian section.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Surg.) The operation of dividing the symphysis pubis for the purpose of facilitating labor; -- formerly called the
“The well-founded doubts which in preaseptic times many accoucheurs entertained concerning the Caesarean operation, led to so-called symphyseotomy (Jean René Siegualt, 1768) which by widening the pelvis would permit delivery of the fetus.”
“(1733-1815), the first to recommend artificial premature delivery, and William Osborn (1732-1808), opponent of symphyseotomy and of the”
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