intransitive verb

archaic : to function as a midwife

transitive verb

obsolete : to attend (a woman) as a midwife at childbirth

Word History


Late Latin obstetricatus, past participle of obstetricare to act as midwife, from Latin obstetric-, obstetrix midwife

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“Obstetricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetricate. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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