ob·​stet·​rics | \ əb-ˈste-triks How to pronounce obstetrics (audio) , äb- \

Definition of obstetrics

: a branch of medical science that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period

Examples of obstetrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the most part, period clots are a completely normal part of menstruation, Mary Jane Minkin, M.D.,3 a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale Medical School, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 Oct. 2021 The Delta variant, currently the predominant SARS-CoV-2 strain, seems to be particularly bad for pregnant people, notes Linda Eckert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. Mariana Lenharo, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2021 The work at the Olympia Fields hospital also included the addition of an obstetrics unit and physical rehabilitation services. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Other patients worry that receiving an adult-dose of a vaccine will affect their babies, said Dr. Torri Metz, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Utah Health. NBC News, 22 Sep. 2021 At least 12 of the fetuses survived, often through emergency C-section, and some were severely premature, said Dr. J. Martin Tucker, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jason Hanna, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 And see your doc for a check-in. Katharine O'Connell White, M.D., and Molly Finneseth are both assistant professors of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University. Glamour, 2 Sep. 2021 Neel Shah is the chief medical officer of Maven Clinic, an OB-GYN at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Emily Mediate, STAT, 1 Sep. 2021 The new system would have 25,000 employees, and would expect to expand service lines including orthopedics, cardiology, obstetrics and behavioral health. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of obstetrics

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Obstetrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetrics. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of obstetrics

: a branch of medicine that deals with the birth of children and with the care of women before, during, and after they give birth to children


noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
ob·​stet·​rics | \ əb-ˈste-triks, äb- How to pronounce obstetrics (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstetrics

: a branch of medical science that deals with birth and with its antecedents and sequelae

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