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labor

noun la·bor

Medical Definition of labor

  1. :  the physical activities involved in childbirth consisting essentially of a prolonged series of involuntary contractions of the uterine musculature together with both reflex and voluntary contractions of the abdominal wall <drugs that induce labor> <went into labor after a fall>; also :  the period of time during which such labor takes place



Variants of labor

or British labour \ˈlā-bər\play

2

labor

intransitive verb la·bor

Medical Definition of labor

  1. :  to be in the labor of giving birth



Variants of labor

or British labour


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