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obstetrics

[uh b-ste-triks] /əbˈstɛ trɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth.
Abbreviation: OB, ob.
Origin of obstetrics
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; See origin at obstetrical, -ics
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  • Thorough knowledge of obstetrics and dispensing indispensable.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • He has described also many of the most difficult operations in obstetrics.

  • The story of the Caesarean operation attests the evolution of obstetrics.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • Browning was interested, like some scientific man, in the obstetrics of art.

    Robert Browning G. K. Chesterton
  • In Holland she could take a full course in obstetrics and could be of great service then to the future mothers of her land.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • Too much occupied with the obstetrics of art, his superfluity of naughtiness has tarnished his niche in the temple of fame.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
British Dictionary definitions for obstetrics

obstetrics

/ɒbˈstɛtrɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the branch of medicine concerned with childbirth and the treatment of women before and after childbirth
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Word Origin and History for obstetrics
n.

"science of midwifery," 1819, from obstetric (adj.); also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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obstetrics in Medicine

obstetrics ob·stet·rics (ŏb-stět'rĭks, əb-)
n.
Abbr. OB
The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period following delivery.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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obstetrics in Science
obstetrics
  (ŏb-stět'rĭks)   
The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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obstetrics in Culture
obstetrics [(uhb-ste-triks)]

A branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and the period of recovery following childbirth.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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