- med abnormal, slow, or difficult childbirth, usually because of disordered or ineffective contractions of the uterus
New Latin, from Greek, from dus- (see dys-) + tokos childbirth + -ia
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Examples from the Web for dystocia
We, therefore, refer to the fourth species of dystocia, viz.
On the part of the mother this division of dystocia may arise from a faulty condition.
This subject, however, belongs rather to the third species of dystocia, to which we must therefore refer.
We propose to consider the different species of dystocia in the order above enumerated.
Dystocia Pelvica, where the different pelvic anormalities are described.
dystocia(dĭs-tō′sē-ə, -shē-ə, -shə)
- A slow or difficult labor or delivery.
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