accoucheur

accoucheur

[ak-oo-shur; French a-koo-shœr]
noun, plural accoucheurs [ak-oo-shurz; French a-koo-shœr] .
a person who assists during childbirth, especially an obstetrician.

Origin:
1750–60; < French; see accouchement, -eur

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accoucheur (akuʃœr)
 
n
a male obstetrician or midwife
 
[literally: one who is present at the bedside]

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accoucheur
1759, "midwife" (properly, "male midwife"), from Fr. (Jules Clément, later 17c.), agent noun from accoucher "to go to childbed, be delivered," originally "to lie down" (12c.), from O.Fr. culcher "to lie," from L. collocare, from com- "with" + locare "to place" (see
locate). The fem. is accoucheuse (1847). Related: Accouchement (1803).
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