obstetrics

noun

ob·​stet·​rics əb-ˈste-triks How to pronounce obstetrics (audio)
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plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a branch of medical science that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Even so, the reduction shouldn’t be cause for public health professionals and policymakers to let their guards down as the gap is still wide, said Dr. Andrea Jackson, division chief of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Southern California. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 This change is a pretty big deal, according to Lauren Streicher, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, 5 Jan. 2023 Rural communities in huge swaths of the country don’t have an obstetrician-gynecologist, said Charlotte M. Lee, a resident in the obstetrics and gynecology program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Akilah Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2022 The practice, also known as vaginal seeding, isn’t currently recommended by major obstetrics and gynecology societies outside of research studies because of the risk of infection. Sarah Toy, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 According to her National Provider Identifier, a unique identification number for American health care providers, she is licensed in California with a specialty as an OB-GYN, someone who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2022 Pimentel started a petition, encouraging organizations in obstetrics and gynecology to honor the lives of Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey, and to create an annual day of recognition. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Pimentel started a petition, encouraging organizations in obstetrics and gynecology to honor the lives of Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey, and to create an annual day of recognition. Sydney Page, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2022 According to the National Resident Matching Program, last year there were 2,044 applicants in obstetrics and gynecology for 1,503 slots. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of obstetrics was in 1816

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“Obstetrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetrics. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

obstetrics

noun
ob·​stet·​rics əb-ˈste-triks How to pronounce obstetrics (audio)
äb-
: a branch of medical science that deals with childbirth and with the care of women before, during, and after childbirth

Medical Definition

obstetrics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
ob·​stet·​rics əb-ˈste-triks, äb- How to pronounce obstetrics (audio)
: a branch of medical science that deals with birth and with its antecedents and sequelae

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