ob·​ste·​tri·​cian | \ ˌäb-stə-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce obstetrician (audio) \

Definition of obstetrician

: a physician specializing in obstetrics

Examples of obstetrician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second, measuring pregnancy duration (or what obstetricians call gestational length) is difficult. Alan Barreca, The Conversation, "Pregnant women have a higher risk of delivering early on unseasonably hot days," 2 Dec. 2019 In the case of lethal anomalies, Rene would talk to the families who usually had no information other than what their attending high-risk obstetrician had told them. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "This nurse started a program to help moms of babies with anomalies," 27 Nov. 2019 Would Aretha have sounded the same if she had been born to a dentist and an obstetrician in Connecticut and trained at Exeter? Kyle Smith, National Review, "On the Indestructibility of Tina Turner," 22 Nov. 2019 One was the obstetrician who delivered Barack and Michelle Obama’s two daughters — a fine but irrelevant achievement. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Broad shoulders and back scratching: Lightfoot’s appointment of a well-connected architecture leader to landmarks panel raises ethics concerns," 3 Oct. 2019 The obstetricians affiliated with Shawnee Mission Medical Center are not employees but community physicians who have admitting privileges at the hospital. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Kansas midwife law means some moms-to-be must make other plans at this hospital | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018 Just as daily pills may slip the mind, taking a tablet once a month can be easy to forget, as Erica Pasciullo Cahill, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Stanford University who wasn’t involved in the study, points out to Molteni. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Seems to Have Worked in Pigs. Are People Next?," 5 Dec. 2019 The path to becoming a midwife is shorter than that of becoming an obstetrician or gynecologist. Calley Hair, The Seattle Times, "Herrera Beutler bill calls for $35 million for midwife education," 23 July 2019 Stuart Fischbein, an obstetrician based in southern California, finds issue with jurisdictions passing legislation requiring vaccination. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Measles cases surpass 1,000 in span of 6 months; medical experts worry about summer travel," 11 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'obstetrician.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of obstetrician

1826, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about obstetrician

Time Traveler for obstetrician

Time Traveler

The first known use of obstetrician was in 1826

See more words from the same year

Statistics for obstetrician

Last Updated

25 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Obstetrician.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetrician. Accessed 22 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for obstetrician


How to pronounce obstetrician (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of obstetrician

medical : a doctor who specializes in obstetrics


ob·​ste·​tri·​cian | \ ˌäb-stə-ˈtrish-ən How to pronounce obstetrician (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstetrician

: a physician specializing in obstetrics

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on obstetrician

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for obstetrician

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with obstetrician

Spanish Central: Translation of obstetrician

Nglish: Translation of obstetrician for Spanish Speakers

Comments on obstetrician

What made you want to look up obstetrician? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help to grow, develop, or succeed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!