'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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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