dystocia

/ (dɪsˈtəʊʃə) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

dystocial, 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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