gy·​ne·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌgī-nə-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce gynecology (audio) , ˌji- How to pronounce gynecology (audio) \

Definition of gynecology

: a branch of medicine that deals with the diseases and routine physical care of the reproductive system of women

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Other Words from gynecology

gynecologic \ ˌgī-​ni-​kə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce gynecologic (audio) , ˌji-​ \ or gynecological \ ˌgī-​ni-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce gynecological (audio) , ˌji-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Soul Rep Theatre still plans to open its 25th anniversary season with Do No Harm, a play by managing director Anyika McMillan-Herod based on the true story of three slave women who were experimented on by the father of gynecology. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Our lost year? The return of live theater in 2020 is a long shot," 26 June 2020 The doctor, who specializes in gynecology, noted a gap in the area between the labia, a clear deviation from what should be seen in a child of that age. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "In Philippines, a child alleges abuse by Catholic priest — and tests Vatican promise for global reckoning," 23 June 2020 Sims is honored as the father of modern gynecology, but conducted experimental treatment on slaves without anesthesia. Time, "South Carolina Officials to Remove Statue of Slavery Advocate Despite State Law," 17 June 2020 Nancy Stark Smith was born on Feb. 11, 1952, in Brooklyn to Lucille (Stark) Smith and Dr. Joseph J. Smith, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Gia Kourlas,, "Nancy Stark Smith, a founder of contact improvisation," 30 May 2020 Mothers believed to have the coronavirus are treated as if positive until tested, and everyone wears surgical masks during labor, then dons N95 masks for pushing or cesarean section, says Dr. Yuan-Da Fan, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology. Sarah Feldberg,, "Bay Area women turning to midwives and home birth during pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Arguably the most grim chapter of all is the life of J. Marion Sims, the 19th-century American physician who is credited by many with developing the field of gynecology. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "The French doctors who wanted to test vaccines on Africans and Western medicine’s dark history," 10 Apr. 2020 The relationship and trust between patient and doctor is particularly important for obstetrics and gynecology, Sanders said. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "After delivering thousands of D.C. babies, a pioneering, women-run OB/GYN practice is closing," 6 Mar. 2020 The lead author, Dr. Matthew K. Hoffman, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at ChristianaCare in Newark, Del., said that early preterm birth is driven by inflammation, for which aspirin is an effective treatment. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "A Daily Aspirin for Pregnancy?," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gynecology

1830, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2020

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“Gynecology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gynecology

medical : a branch of medicine that deals with the diseases and routine physical care of the reproductive system of women


variants: or chiefly British gynaecology \ ˌgīn-​ə-​ˈkäl-​ə-​jē How to pronounce gynaecology (audio) , ˌjin-​ How to pronounce gynaecology (audio) \
plural gynecologies

Medical Definition of gynecology

: a branch of medicine that deals with the diseases and routine physical care of the reproductive system of women

Other Words from gynecology

gynecologic \ ˌgīn-​i-​kə-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce gynecologic (audio) , ˌjin-​ How to pronounce gynecologic (audio) \ or gynecological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce gynecological (audio) \ or chiefly British gynaecologic or gynaecological adjective

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