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n. pl. cra·ni·ot·o·mies
1. Surgical incision into the skull.
2. The cutting or breaking of the fetal skull to reduce its size for removal when normal delivery is not possible.
n, pl -mies
1. (Surgery) any surgical incision into the skull, esp to expose the brain for neurosurgery
2. (Surgery) the surgical crushing of a fetal skull to extract a dead fetus
cra•ni•ot•o•my(ˌkreɪ niˈɒt ə mi)
n., pl. -mies.
the surgical opening of the skull, usu. for operations on the brain.
the surgical operation of opening the skull, as for an operation on the brain.See also: Brain, Head
A surgical method of making an opening in the skull; sometimes performed on a fetus during a difficult birth; also called cephalotomy.
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|Noun||1.||craniotomy - a surgical opening through the skull|
surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, surgery, operation - a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"
n. craneotomía, trepanación del cráneo.