dystocia

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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Examples from the Web for dystocia

Historical Examples of 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.

  • As this subject, however, belongs rather to the next species of dystocia, viz.


dystocia in Medicine

dystocia

[dĭs-tōsē-ə, -shē-ə, -shə]

n.

A slow or difficult labor or delivery.
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