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[ak-oo-shur; French a-koo-shœr] /ˌæk uˈʃɜr; French a kuˈʃœr/
noun, plural accoucheurs
[ak-oo-shurz; French a-koo-shœr] /ˌæk uˈʃɜrz; French a kuˈʃœr/ (Show IPA)
a person who assists during childbirth, especially an obstetrician.
Origin of accoucheur
From French, dating back to 1750-60; See origin at accouchement, -eur Unabridged
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a male obstetrician or midwife
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literally: one who is present at the bedside
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Word Origin and History for accoucheur

1759, "midwife" (properly, "male midwife"), from French accoucheur (Jules Clément, later 17c.), agent noun from accoucher "to go to childbed, be delivered" (13c.) originally simply "to lie down" (12c.), from Old French culcher "to lie," from Latin collocare, from com- "with" (see com-) + locare "to place" (see locate). The fem. is accoucheuse (1847).

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