oxytocic

adjective
oxy·​to·​cic | \ ˌäk-si-ˈtō-sik How to pronounce oxytocic (audio) \

Definition of oxytocic

: hastening childbirth also : inducing contraction of uterine smooth muscle

Other Words from oxytocic

oxytocic noun

First Known Use of oxytocic

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oxytocic

borrowed from French oxytocique, from Greek oxy-, stem of oxýs "sharp, keen, quick, swift" + tókos "childbirth" + French -ique -ic entry 1 — more at oxygen, dystocia

Note: The French adjective is patterned on New Latin oxytocium "drug promoting a quick birth," an alteration—either deliberate or accidental—of ōcytocium in the same sense, borrowed from ancient Greek ōkytókion, nominalized from neuter of the adjective ōkytókios "promoting a quick birth" (with the noun phármakon "drug" understood). In Greek compounds ōkýs is more frequent in the meaning "quick, swift."

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“Oxytocic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxytocic. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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oxytocic

adjective
oxy·​to·​cic | \ ˌäk-si-ˈtō-sik How to pronounce oxytocic (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxytocic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: hastening childbirth also : inducing contraction of uterine smooth muscle

oxytocic

noun

Medical Definition of oxytocic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that stimulates contraction of uterine smooth muscle or hastens childbirth

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