dystocia

/ (dɪsˈtəʊʃə) /

noun

med abnormal, slow, or difficult childbirth, usually because of disordered or ineffective contractions of the uterus
Derived Formsdystocial, adjective

Word Origin for dystocia

New Latin, from Greek, from dus- (see dys-) + tokos childbirth + -ia
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dystocia

[ dĭs-tōsē-ə, -shē-ə, -shə ]

n.

A slow or difficult labor or delivery.
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