obstetric

adjective

ob·​stet·​ric əb-ˈste-trik How to pronounce obstetric (audio)
äb-
variants or obstetrical
: of, relating to, or associated with childbirth or obstetrics
obstetrically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But racial disparities in maternal deaths are also linked to the fact that Black women are often more likely than white women to deliver at hospitals with a lower quality of obstetric care, research suggests. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2023 Over a three-month period in 2022, 11 U.S. hospitals and health systems announced the permanent or temporary closure of obstetric services, according to press reports. Julie Washington, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2023 Hospitals are closing urgent care centers, obstetric, pediatric and other services to try to survive. Time, 10 Jan. 2023 Pileggi says; 36 percent of US counties lack hospitals or birth centers offering obstetric care, according to the nonprofit March of Dimes. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 9 Dec. 2022 The couple started Women and Children’s Health Associates, a nonprofit that operated an obstetric-gynecologic and pediatric practice in the Mat-Su Valley. Lisa Phu, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2022 In labor and delivery, that means obstetric specialists are available purely to respond to patients who come to the hospital, rather than juggling those cases with clinic visits. Rae Ellen Bichell, oregonlive, 17 Oct. 2022 The hospital where one patient, a 42-year-old mother of four, delivered her babies no longer offers obstetric services. Akilah Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2022 Midwives served patients whose hospitals suspended or cut their obstetric services because of workforce shortages, financial challenges, and too many patients. Sarah Sloat, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of obstetric was in 1672

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Cite this Entry

“Obstetric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetric. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

obstetric

adjective
ob·​stet·​ric əb-ˈste-trik How to pronounce obstetric (audio)
äb-
variants or obstetrical
: of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics

Medical Definition

obstetric

adjective
ob·​stet·​ric əb-ˈste-trik, äb- How to pronounce obstetric (audio)
variants or obstetrical
: of, relating to, or associated with childbirth or obstetrics
obstetrically adverb

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