[ uhb-ste-trik ]
/ əbˈstɛ trɪk /
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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. Abbreviations: OB, ob
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Also ob·stet·ri·cal [uhb-ste-tri-kuhl] /əbˈstɛ trɪ kəl/ .
Origin of obstetric
OTHER WORDS FROM obstetricob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverbnon·ob·stet·ric, adjectivenon·ob·stet·ri·cal, adjectivenon·ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use obstetric in a sentence
The most delicate and beautiful obstetrical instruments were invented by Madame Boivin.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
Just then, even Doctor Smyth of the neighborhood practice and obstetrical habits seemed a miracle-worker.The Job|Sinclair Lewis
In reply, he asked me to visit a house which had been made over into an obstetrical hospital for Belgian nuns.Golden Lads|Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
Much speculation with Bea: Had the obstetrical case taken longer than he had expected?
Mrs. Stiver is busy with an obstetrical case, and that town nurse of yours is off on vacation, ain't she?
British Dictionary definitions for obstetric
/ (ɒbˈstɛtrɪk) /
of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics
Derived forms of obstetricobstetrically, 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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