Obstetric
Obstetric Ob*stet"ric ([o^]b*st[e^]t"r[i^]k), Obstetrical Ob*stet"ric*al ([o^]b*st[e^]t"r[i^]*kal), a. [L. obstetricius, fr. obstetrix, -icis, a midwife, fr. obstare to stand before: cf. F. obst['e]trique. See {Obstacle}.] 1. Of or pertaining to childbirth, midwifery, or the period around the time of the birth of children; as, the obstetric art. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to obstetrics; as, the obstetric unit of a hospital. [PJC]

{Obstetrical toad} (Zo["o]l.), a European toad of the genus {Alytes}, especially {Alytes obstetricans}. The eggs are laid in a string which the male winds around his legs, and carries about until the young are hatched. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • obstetric — OBSTÉTRIC, Ă, obstetrici, ce, adj., s.f. 1. adj. Care aparţine obstetricii, privitor la obstetrică, de obstetrică; obstetrical. 2. s.f. Ramură a chirurgiei care se ocupă cu fiziologia şi patologia sarcinii şi a naşterii, precum şi cu asistenţa în …   Dicționar Român

  • obstetric — [əb stet′rik, äbste′trik] adj. 〚ModL obstetricus, for L obstetricius, belonging to a midwife < obstetrix, midwife, lit., she who stands before < ob (see OB ) + stare, to STAND〛 of childbirth or obstetrics: also …   Universalium

  • 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 (Cf. obstacle)). The true adjective would …   Etymology dictionary

  • obstetric — [əb stet′rik, äbste′trik] adj. [ModL obstetricus, for L obstetricius, belonging to a midwife < obstetrix, midwife, lit., she who stands before < ob (see OB ) + stare, to STAND] of childbirth or obstetrics: also obstetrical obstetrically adv …   English World dictionary

  • obstetric — or obstetrical adjective Etymology: modification of Latin obstetricius, from obstetric , obstetrix midwife, from obstare Date: 1742 of, relating to, or associated with childbirth or obstetrics • obstetrically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obstetric — adj. Obstetric is used with these nouns: ↑medicine …   Collocations dictionary

  • obstetric — [18] An obstetric nurse is etymologically one who ‘stands before’ a woman giving birth to render assistance. The word is an adaptation of Latin obstetrīcius, a derivative of obstetrīx ‘midwife’. This in turn was formed from obstāre ‘stand in the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • obstetric — obstetrics ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth. DERIVATIVES obstetric adjective. ORIGIN from Latin obstetrix midwife , from obstare be present …   English terms dictionary

  • obstetric — [18] An obstetric nurse is etymologically one who ‘stands before’ a woman giving birth to render assistance. The word is an adaptation of Latin obstetrīcius, a derivative of obstetrīx ‘midwife’. This in turn was formed from obstāre ‘stand in the… …   Word origins

  • obstetric — adjective Of, or relating to obstetrics (the care of women during and after pregnancy) …   Wiktionary

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