[ uhb-ste-trik ]

  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. Abbreviations: OB, ob

Origin of obstetric

First recorded in 1735–45; from 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
  • Also ob·stet·ri·cal [uhb-ste-tri-kuhl] /əbˈstɛ trɪ kəl/ .

Other words from obstetric

  • ob·stet·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·ob·stet·ric, adjective
  • non·ob·stet·ri·cal, adjective
  • non·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.

  • 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?

    Main Street | Sinclair Lewis
  • Mrs. Stiver is busy with an obstetrical case, and that town nurse of yours is off on vacation, ain't she?

    Main Street | Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for obstetric



/ (ɒbˈstɛtrɪk) /

  1. of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics

Origin of 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

Derived forms of obstetric

  • obstetrically, adverb

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