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

Examples of obstetric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Car crashes, obstetric complications, heart attacks, strokes, and extreme weather events aren’t scheduled. Caitlin Rublee And René Settle-robinson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Two Milwaukee doctors prescribe voting from home during the coronavirus pandemic," 25 Sep. 2020 HealthPartners was one of eight obstetric providers contributing to the study, which also found more hospitalizations for COVID-19 among women who had gestational diabetes or obesity before pregnancy. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "HealthPartners part of national study linking COVID-19 to poor birth outcomes," 16 Sep. 2020 More than half of rural counties, home to more than 2 million women of reproductive age, don’t have hospital obstetric services. Popular Science, "Traveling midwives fill crucial health care gaps in rural US states," 25 June 2020 The study included data from all 194 obstetric units in the U.K. from March 1 through April 14. NBC News, "13 high school students test positive after unsanctioned prom," 9 June 2020 Pressure grew in 2017 after The Washington Post reported about at United Medical Center, including the deaths of nursing-home and obstetric patients under questionable circumstances. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Bowser strikes deals for new Howard hospital and new Southeast D.C. hospital," 30 Apr. 2020 Many hospitals are segregating obstetric units, screening everyone, and limiting the number of visitors and health care workers allowed in and out. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee health officials and doctors offer pregnant women advice on protecting themselves during the pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 Postpartum depression and anxiety are the most common and serious obstetric complications, affecting up to 25 percent of mothers within the first year of childbirth. New York Times, "You Can Treat Your Postpartum Depression and Still Breastfeed," 17 Apr. 2020 Some obstetric practices will hand the birthing process over to partner midwives if expectant mothers express a wish for an unmedicated birth. David Howard, New York Times, "What is a midwife?," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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6 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Obstetric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetric. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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