ob·​stet·​ric | \ əb-ˈste-trik How to pronounce obstetric (audio) , äb-\
variants: or obstetrical \ əb-​ˈste-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce obstetrical (audio) , äb-​ \

Definition of obstetric

: of, relating to, or associated with childbirth or obstetrics

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Other Words from obstetric

obstetrically \ əb-​ˈste-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce obstetrically (audio) , äb-​ \ adverb

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The retrial was a first for such a case in the Central American nation, where prosecutors aggressively pursue legal cases against women who have miscarriages or other obstetric emergencies, accusing them of murder. Fox News, "El Salvador rape victim accused abortion cleared in murder retrial," 21 Aug. 2019 Advocates have identified 25 women who were sentenced to as much as 40 years for homicide or attempted homicide after suffering obstetric emergencies. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "Salvadoran Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth Is Cleared," 19 Aug. 2019 Between 1999 and 2009, the obstetric hemorrhage rate increased from 1.5 percent to 4 percent of pregnancies. Olivia Campbell, SELF, "How California Cut Its Maternal Death Rate in Half," 9 Aug. 2018 That's called doing an obstetric exam, to see if the cow is fertile. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 But professional societies and policymakers are starting to recommend screenings, while medical practices are beginning to integrate depression into obstetric and pediatric care. Nancy Byatt, Philly.com, "Depression affects one in 7 pregnant women. Why isn't there more help for them?," 8 June 2018 An estimated 2 million women and girls in Africa live with obstetric fistula. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump predicts Dems will be put on ICE in November; Dems in dissension; Mexico elects ‘messiah’," 2 July 2018 Ruth Landau, an obstetric anesthesiologist at Columbia University Medical Center, has been dealing with a national shortage of a vital drug. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 But features unique to labor and delivery in obstetric hospitals in India may have made checklists ineffective. New York Times, "Surgical Checklists Save Lives — but Once in a While, They Don’t. Why?," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of obstetric

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obstetric

modification of Latin obstetricius, from obstetric-, obstetrix midwife, from obstare

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ob·​stet·​ric | \ əb-ˈste-trik, äb- How to pronounce obstetric (audio) \
variants: or obstetrical \ -​tri-​kəl How to pronounce obstetrical (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstetric

: of, relating to, or associated with childbirth or obstetrics

Other Words from obstetric

obstetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce obstetrically (audio) \ adverb

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