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amniotomy ‎(plural amniotomies)

  1. (medicine) An artificial rupture of membranes to induce or accelerate labour.
    • 2007 October 30, Nicholas Bakalar, “Childbirth: Purposely Breaking Water Does Not Speed Delivery”, in New York Times[1]:
      The procedure, sometimes called amniotomy, involves rupturing the amniotic membranes to speed contractions.

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