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Definition of Symphysiotomy

Symphysiotomy: A surgical procedure that has been used to effect an immediate dramatic increase in the size of the pelvic outlet to permit delivery of a baby. The cartilage of the area where the pubic bones come together (symphysis pubis) is surgically divided.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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