- of or relating to the care and treatment of women in childbirth and during the period before and after delivery.
- of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics. Abbreviation: OB, ob
Origin of obstetric
- of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics
Word Origin for obstetric
1742, from Modern Latin obstetricus "pertaining to a midwife," from obstetrix (genitive obstetricis) "midwife," literally "one who stands opposite (the woman giving birth)," from obstare "stand opposite to" (see obstacle). The true adjective would be obstetricic, "but only pedantry would take exception to obstetric at this stage of its career." [Fowler]. Related: Obstetrical.
- Of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy.