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

Examples of obstetric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overall, women in rural areas face the most danger, according to the HHS, in part because these communities have experienced a significant decrease in access to hospitals with obstetric services over the past two decades. Elissa Garay, Good Housekeeping, 7 Oct. 2021 There are no women like Flores in obstetric textbooks. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Tucker also is president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which cites several studies making these points in its advisory to obstetric-gynecologic physicians. Jason Hanna, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 In the years that followed, the midwifery workforce continued to dwindle, and the profession continued to be discredited by the obstetric establishment in all demographics. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2021 The circumstances at Big Bend Regional, which serves a 12,000-square-mile area (about the size of Maryland), illustrates the ripple effects of potentially losing obstetric services across a broader region. Charlotte Huff, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2021 The much more contagious and rapidly spreading delta variant, combined with the significant risk of complications COVID-19 poses for pregnant women, is one of the main factors driving the surge in obstetric cases, Adhikari said. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2021 Pediatrix and Obstetrix provide newborn, pediatric, obstetric and maternal-fetal services. Dallas News, 29 June 2021 According to the March of Dimes 2020 Maternity Care Report, about 50% of counties in the US are obstetric deserts with more than 1,200 counties having neither an OBGYN nor a Certified Nurse Midwife. Noel Cody, Essence, 25 June 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Obstetric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetric. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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

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