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or ob·stet·ri·cal

[uh b-ste-trik or uh b-ste-tri-kuh l]
  1. of or relating to the care and treatment of women in childbirth and during the period before and after delivery.
  2. of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics. Abbreviation: OB, ob
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Origin of obstetric

1735–45; < New Latin obstetrīcus pertaining to a midwife, alteration of Latin obstetrīcius, derivative of obstetrīx, equivalent to ob- ob- + ste- (combining form of stāre to stand) + -trīx -trix
Related formsob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverbnon·ob·stet·ric, adjectivenon·ob·stet·ri·cal, adjectivenon·ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics
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Derived Formsobstetrically, adverb

Word Origin for obstetric

C18: via New Latin from Latin obstetrīcius, from obstetrix a midwife, literally: woman who stands opposite, from obstāre to stand in front of; see obstacle
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Word Origin and History 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.

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obstetric in Medicine


(ŏb-stĕtrĭk, əb-)
  1. Of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy.
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