dystocia

noun
dys·​to·​cia | \ dis-ˈtō-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce dystocia (audio) \

Definition of dystocia

: slow or difficult labor or delivery

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Complications like shoulder dystocia are rare in obstetrics. Adam Wolfberg, The Atlantic, "The Doctor Who Revolutionized Hospital-Birth Safety," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of dystocia

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dystocia

New Latin, from Greek dystokia, from dys- + tokos childbirth; akin to Greek tiktein to give birth to — more at thane

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dystocia

noun
dys·​to·​cia | \ dis-ˈtō-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce dystocia (audio) \
variants: or dystokia \ -​ˈtō-​kē-​ə How to pronounce dystokia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dystocia

: slow or difficult labor or delivery — compare eutocia

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