[ob-sti-trish-uh n]


a physician who specializes in obstetrics. Abbreviation: OB, ob

Origin of obstetrician

1820–30; < Latin obstetrīci(a) midwifery (noun use of feminine of obstetrīcius; see obstetrical) + -an
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assistant, accoucheuse

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a physician who specializes in obstetrics
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Word Origin and History for obstetrician

1828, from Latin obstetricia "midwifery," from obstetricus (see obstetric) on model of physician.

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obstetrician in Medicine




A physician who specializes in obstetrics.
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