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[chahyld-burth] /ˈtʃaɪldˌbɜrθ/
an act or instance of bringing forth a child; parturition:
a difficult childbirth.
Origin of childbirth
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at child, birth Unabridged
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  • Pregnancy and childbirth play a large part in their delirium.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • On the previous day had passed away in childbirth the Princess Charlotte.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • It became an amulet to increase the fertility of women and to help them in childbirth.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Death at childbirth is very common, and it is said that 25 per cent.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • These periods of suffering are strangely like the pangs of childbirth.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for childbirth


the act of giving birth to a child related adjective obstetric
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Word Origin and History for childbirth

also child-birth, mid-15c., from child + birth (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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childbirth in Medicine

childbirth child·birth (chīld'bûrth')

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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