infanticide

(Latin: infans, child; caedere, kill)

Child murder. Specifically it designates the destruction of pre-natal life. There are many forms of infanticide. Abortion is the ejection of an inviable fetus; craniotomy is the opening of the fetal skull; cephalotrysis is the crushing of the fetal head; evisceration is exenteration of the fetus; brachiotomy is the excision of the fetal arm; cleidotomy is the section of the fetal clavicles. Embryotomy is a general term for surgical cutting of the fetus. All such operations which are aimed at the extinction of fetal life are murder in intent.

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