dystocia

World English Dictionary
dystocia (dɪsˈtəʊʃə)
 
n
med abnormal, slow, or difficult childbirth, usually because of disordered or ineffective contractions of the uterus
 
[New Latin, from Greek, from dus- (see dys-) + tokos childbirth + -ia]
 
dys'tocial
 
adj

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dystocia dys·to·ci·a (dĭs-tō'sē-ə, -shē-ə, -shə)
n.
A slow or difficult labor or delivery.

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