- 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
Examples from the Web for obstetric
She is the only midwife for whom an obstetric maneuver has been named (Gaskin maneuver).Doctors Need Midwives: Ina May Gaskin on the U.S. Maternity-Care Crisis
Ina May Gaskin
May 5, 2011
The latter is an obstetric problem and can usually be dealt with successfully.
Therefore he called his method the "maieutic" or "obstetric" art.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Their own minor surgery and obstetric practice is barbarous.Our Southern Highlanders
Well (rejoins Sokrates) — and my obstetric science has pronounced all your offspring to be mere wind, unworthy of being preserved!
The obstetric forceps were for so long a time kept secret that they were of small benefit at first to the obstetric art.An Epitome of the History of Medicine
- of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics
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.
- Of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy.