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 According to the new visitation rules outlined by NewYork-Presbyterian, no visitors — including birthing partners and support persons — are permitted for obstetric patients. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "As Some New York Hospitals Ban Birth Partners, a Doctor Weighs In," 27 Mar. 2020 There is one category of patients who pose a particular conundrum for obstetric providers in Texas: immigrants. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 The total ban has lead to more than 130 women being prosecuted for obstetric emergencies or miscarriages, with at least 36 of them sentenced to 40 years or more in prison. al, "El Salvador abortion ban: A glimpse of Alabama’s future?," 19 Nov. 2019 Eleven of Wisconsin's rural obstetric units have closed in the past decade, including Neillsville's. Parker Schorr, chicagotribune.com, "'A dust bowl vision ... small towns just drying up and blowing away’: A Wisconsin hospital is saved amid a health care crisis in rural America," 5 Oct. 2019 In April 2016, Evelyn Hernández, a 21-year-old El Salvadorian woman, suffered an obstetric emergency at home, resulting in the loss of her pregnancy. Uma Mishra-newbery, Time, "Abortion Bans Strip People of Their Human Rights. Here's Why We Must Stand In Solidarity Against Them," 27 Sep. 2019 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

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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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1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Obstetric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetric. Accessed 3 Apr. 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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