Midwifery Mid"wife`ry (?; 277), n. 1. The art or practice of assisting women in childbirth; obstetrics. [1913 Webster]

2. Assistance at childbirth; help or co["o]peration in production. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • midwifery — late 15c.; a hybrid from MIDWIFE (Cf. midwife) + ERY (Cf. ery) …   Etymology dictionary

  • midwifery — The dominant pronunciation in BrE is mid wif ri (three syllables) or mid wif ǝ ri (four syllables), although mid wiyf ǝ ri (with the second syllable as in wife) is also heard in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • midwifery — [mid΄wif′rē, mid΄wīf′rē; mid΄wif′ər ē] n. the work of a midwife; esp., the body of knowledge, skills, and practices of a modern midwife …   English World dictionary

  • Midwifery — Midwives redirects here. For the novel by Chris Bohjalian, see Midwives (novel). A midwife measures the height of the mother s fundus at about 26 weeks to determine the probable gestational age of the fetus. Midwifery is a health care profession… …   Wikipedia

  • midwifery — /mid wif euh ree, wif ree, mid wuy feuh ree, wuyf ree/, n. the technique or practice of a midwife. [1475 85; see MIDWIFE, ERY] * * * Art of attending women in childbirth. It is known to date to ancient biblical, Greek, and Roman times. It… …   Universalium

  • midwifery — Independent care of essentially normal, healthy women and infants by a midwife, antepartally, intrapartally, postpartally, and/or obstetrically in a hospital, birth center, or home setting, and including normal delivery of the infant, with …   Medical dictionary

  • midwifery — [[t]mɪ̱dwɪ̱fəri[/t]] N UNCOUNT Midwifery is the work of delivering babies and advising pregnant women …   English dictionary

  • midwifery — midwife ► NOUN ▪ a nurse who is trained to assist women in childbirth. DERIVATIVES midwifery noun. ORIGIN probably from obsolete mid «with» + WIFE(Cf. ↑wifely) (in the sense «woman») …   English terms dictionary

  • midwifery — noun Date: 15th century 1. the art or act of assisting at childbirth; also obstetrics 2. the art, act, or process of producing, bringing forth, or bringing about …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • midwifery — noun the practice and science of being a midwife …   Wiktionary

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