or ob·stet·ri·cal

[ uh b-ste-trik or uh b-ste-tri-kuh l ]
/ əbˈstɛ trɪk or əbˈstɛ trɪ kəl /


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


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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


ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverbnon·ob·stet·ric, adjectivenon·ob·stet·ri·cal, adjectivenon·ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for obstetric



/ (ɒbˈstɛtrɪk) /


of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics

Derived forms of obstetric

obstetrically, 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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Medical definitions for obstetric

[ ŏb-stĕtrĭk, əb- ]


Of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy.
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