childbirth

[chahyld-burth]

noun

an act or instance of bringing forth a child; parturition: a difficult childbirth.

Nearby words

  1. child-proof,
  2. child-resistant,
  3. childbearing,
  4. childbed,
  5. childbed fever,
  6. childcare,
  7. childe,
  8. childe harold's pilgrimage,
  9. childe roland to the dark tower came,
  10. childe, vere gordon

Origin of childbirth

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at child, birth

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British Dictionary definitions for childbirth

childbirth

noun

the act of giving birth to a childRelated adjective: obstetric
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Word Origin and History for childbirth

childbirth

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for childbirth

childbirth

[chīldbûrth′]

n.

Parturition.

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