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

Nearby words

  1. obsolete,
  2. obstacle,
  3. obstacle course,
  4. obstacle race,
  5. obstet.,
  6. obstetric conjugate,
  7. obstetric conjugate of outlet,
  8. obstetrical,
  9. obstetrical binder,
  10. obstetrical forceps

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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British Dictionary definitions for obstetrical



/ (ɒbˈstɛtrɪk) /


of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics
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 obstetrical



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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Medicine definitions for obstetrical


[ ŏb-stĕtrĭk, əb- ]


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

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