Tocolytic
Relating to the inhibition of labor, delaying or halting labor.
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Denoting any pharmacologic agent used to arrest uterine contractions; often used in an attempt to arrest premature labor contractions, e.g., ritodrine or terbutaline. [G. tokos, childbirth, labor, + lysis, loosening]

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to·co·lyt·ic .tō-kə-'lit-ik adj inhibiting uterine contractions <a \tocolytic drug>
to·co·lyt·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv
tocolytic n a tocolytic drug

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to·co·lyt·ic (to″ko-litґik) 1. pertaining to or causing tocolysis. 2. an agent having such an action.

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