Obstetrics
The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor and the puerperium (the time after delivery).
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The specialty of medicine concerned with the care of women during pregnancy, parturition, and the puerperium. SYN: tocology. [L. obstetrix, a midwife, fr. ob-sto, to stand before, denoting the position formerly taken by the midwife]

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ob·stet·rics əb-'ste-triks, äb- n pl but sing or pl in constr a branch of medical science that deals with birth and with its antecedents and sequelae

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n.
the branch of medical science concerned with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of about six weeks following the birth, when the reproductive organs are recovering. Compare gynaecology.
obstetrical adj.

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ob·stet·rics (ob-stetґriks) [L. obstetrix midwife] the branch of surgery that deals with the management of pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium. obstetric, obstetrical adj

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Obstetrics — Ob*stet rics ([o^]b*st[e^]t r[i^]ks), n. [Cf. F. obst[ e]trique. See {Obstetric}.] 1. The science of midwifery. [archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. The branch of medicine that deals with childbirth or the care of women in parturition, or in the trouble… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obstetrics — (n.) science of midwifery, 1819, from OBSTETRIC (Cf. obstetric) (adj.); also see ICS (Cf. ics) …   Etymology dictionary

  • obstetrics — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth. DERIVATIVES obstetric adjective. ORIGIN from Latin obstetrix midwife , from obstare be present …   English terms dictionary

  • obstetrics — [əb stet′riks, äbst′etriks] n. [< OBSTETRIC] the branch of medicine concerned with the care and treatment of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the ensuing period …   English World dictionary

  • Obstetrics — Further information: Obstetrics and gynaecology Obstetrician Occupation Names Doctor, consultant, medical specialist Activity sectors Medicine and surgery Description Education required Medical training and specialised postgr …   Wikipedia

  • obstetrics — [[t]ɒbste̱trɪks[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Obstetrics is the branch of medicine that is concerned with pregnancy and giving birth. [MEDICAL] The training covers extended periods in obstetrics and gynaecology. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Obstetric medicine and care is… …   English dictionary

  • obstetrics — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: circa 1819 a branch of medical science that deals with birth and with its antecedents and sequels …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obstetrics — /euhb ste triks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth. Abbr.: OB, ob [1810 20; see OBSTETRICAL, ICS] * * * …   Universalium

  • obstetrics — noun The care of women during and after pregnancy …   Wiktionary

  • obstetrics — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. tocology, midwifery, O.B.*; see medicine 3 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. tocology, midwifery, childbirth, labor and delivery. see birth, pregnancy …   English dictionary for students

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