obstetrics

[uhb-ste-triks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth. Abbreviation: OB, ob

Origin:
1810–20; see obstetrical, -ics

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obstetrics (ɒbˈstɛtrɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) the branch of medicine concerned with childbirth and the treatment of women before and after childbirth

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obstetrics
1819, from obstetric (adj.), 1742, from Mod.L. obstetricus "pertaining to a midwife," from obstetrix (gen. obstetricis) "midwife," lit. "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]
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obstetrics ob·stet·rics (ŏb-stět'rĭks, əb-)
n.
Abbr. OB
The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period following delivery.

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obstetrics   (ŏb-stět'rĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
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obstetrics [(uhb-ste-triks)]

A branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and the period of recovery following childbirth.

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My member of ground staff was not amused, but ignorant of obstetrics she lacked any reasonable counter-suggestions.
The idea of using mannequins as obstetrics teaching devices has been around for centuries.
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