Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Lamaze

play
adjective La·maze \lə-ˈmäz\

Simple Definition of Lamaze

  • medical : of or relating to a method of preparing women to give birth to children without the use of drugs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Lamaze

  1. :  relating to or being a method of childbirth that involves psychological and physical preparation by the mother in order to suppress pain and facilitate delivery without drugs

Origin of lamaze

Fernand Lamaze †1957 French obstetrician


First Known Use: 1959

Rhymes with lamaze


Medical Dictionary

Lamaze

play
adjective La·maze \lə-ˈmäz\

Medical Definition of Lamaze

  1. :  relating to or being a method of childbirth that involves psychological and physical preparation by the mother in order to suppress pain and facilitate delivery without drugs



Biographical Note for lamaze

Lamaze \lȧ-mȧz\, Fernand (1890–1957), French obstetrician. Lamaze was the director of an obstetric clinic in France. In 1951 he attended a gynecologic conference where he learned for the first time a method of psychophysical conditioning aimed at the suppression of pain during a normal childbirth. After further study of psychophysical conditioning in the Soviet Union, he added a rapid accelerated breathing technique to the Soviet childbirth program and began implementing his modified method of natural childbirth in France.


Learn More about lamaze

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "Lamaze" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "Lamaze"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Lamaze? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry oily maudlin prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ