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obstetrical

[uh b-ste-tri-kuh l] /əbˈstɛ trɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the care and treatment of women in childbirth and during the period before and after delivery.
2.
of or pertaining to childbirth or obstetrics.
Abbreviation: OB, ob.
Also, obstetric.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Neo-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 forms
obstetrically, adverb
nonobstetric, adjective
nonobstetrical, adjective
nonobstetrically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for obstetric

obstetric

/ɒbˈstɛtrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to childbirth or obstetrics
Derived Forms
obstetrically, adverb
Word Origin
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 obstetric
adj.

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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obstetric in Medicine

obstetric ob·stet·ric (ŏb-stět'rĭk, əb-) or ob·stet·ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl)
adj.
Of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy.

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