Definitions

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  • n. An instrument for cutting into the fetal head, to facilitate delivery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for cutting into the fetal head, to facilitate delivery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In obstetrics, an instrument for cutting into the fetal head as a preliminary to its forcible compression in order to facilitate delivery.

Etymologies

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cephalo- + Ancient Greek to cut.

Examples

  • It is the practical inattention to similar coincidences which has given rise to the unpleasant but often necessary documents called INDICTMENTS, which has sharpened a form of the cephalotome sometimes employed in the case of adults, and adjusted that modification of the fillet which delivers the world of those who happen to be too much in the way while such striking coincidences are taking place.

    The Harvard Classics Volume 38 Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)

  • It is the practical inattention to similar coincidences which has given rise to the unpleasant but often necessary documents called indictments, which has sharpened a form of the cephalotome sometimes employed in the case of adults, and adjusted that modification of the fillet which delivers the world of those who happen to be too much in the way while such striking coincidences are taking place.

    The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever

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