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[uh b-ste-tri-kuh l] /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.
Also, obstetric.
Origin of obstetrical
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 forms
obstetrically, adverb
nonobstetric, adjective
nonobstetrical, adjective
nonobstetrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for obstetrical
  • It seems obstetrical medicine is riddled with sociopaths.
  • obstetrical adverse events that occur during hospitalizations for labor and delivery can result in significant harm.
  • The purpose of this section is to guide the management and care of patients receiving obstetrical care services.
British Dictionary definitions for obstetrical


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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