accouchement

noun
ac·​couche·​ment | \ ˌa-ˌküsh-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce accouchement (audio) , ə-ˈküsh-ˌmäⁿ How to pronounce accouchement (audio) \

Definition of accouchement

: the time or act of giving birth

Examples of accouchement in a Sentence

for her second accouchement, she was attended by a more sympathetic doctor

First Known Use of accouchement

1730, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accouchement

borrowed from French, going back to Old French acochement, from acocher, acouchier "to go to bed, take to bed in order to give birth, give birth" (from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs—going back to Latin ad- ad-— + culcer, couchier "to lay out, put to bed") + -ment -ment — more at couch entry 1

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“Accouchement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accouchement. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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accouchement

noun
ac·​couche·​ment | \ ˌa-ˌküsh-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce accouchement (audio) , ə-ˈküsh-ˌ How to pronounce accouchement (audio) \

Medical Definition of accouchement

: the time or act of giving birth

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