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n.1.(Surg.) The operation of dividing the symphysis pubis for the purpose of facilitating labor; - formerly called the Sigualtian section.
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Instead of offering the gentle interventions such as those described above, obstetricians began developing crude tools to facilitate birth, such as the basiotribe, used to crush the fetal skull and knives used to perform techniques such as the symphyseotomy, a procedure that cuts through the pubic symphosis in order to widen the birth canal.