obstetric or ob·stet·ri·cal [ uh b- ste-trik or uh b- ste-tri-k uh l] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com of or relating to the care and treatment of women in childbirth and during the period before and after delivery. of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics. : OB, ob Abbreviation Origin of obstetric 1735–45;
New Latin obstetrīcus
pertaining to a midwife, alteration of
(combining form of
-trīx -trix Related forms ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverb non·ob·stet·ric, adjective non·ob·stet·ri·cal, adjective non·ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonobstetrical of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics Derived Forms obstetrically, adverb Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Latin
obstetrīcius, from obstetrix a midwife, literally: woman who stands opposite, from obstāre to stand in front of; see obstacle
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Word Origin and History for nonobstetrical obstetric adj.
1742, from Modern Latin
obstetricus "pertaining to a midwife," from obstetrix (genitive obstetricis) "midwife," literally "one who stands opposite (the woman giving birth)," from obstare "stand opposite to" (see obstacle). The true adjective would be obstetricic, "but only pedantry would take exception to obstetric at this stage of its career." [Fowler]. Related: Obstetrical.
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nonobstetrical in Medicine obstetric (ŏb-stĕt ′rĭk, əb-) Of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy.
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