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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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 The emergency department would continue to provide obstetric care. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ascension Wisconsin puts plan to stop services at St. Joseph hospital on hold," 18 Apr. 2018 Nursing numbers The researchers note a possible explanation for why many of the 74 women had obstetric codes without any other evidence of pregnancy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "A crummy drop-down menu appeared to kill dozens of mothers in Texas," 12 Apr. 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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The first known use of obstetric was in 1672

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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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