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'Polyptome', obstetric tool, Europe, 1801-1900

A polyptome treated tumours or fibroids (non-cancerous growths) within women’s reproductive organs. The tool was also known as a polypus knife. The metal hook-like object with serrated inner edge inserted into the body and removed the growth.

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Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: obstetric polyptome

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