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Hastening or facilitating childbirth, especially by stimulating contractions of the uterus. Used of a drug.
An oxytocic drug.

[French oxytocique, drug that hastens childbirth, from New Latin oxytocius, hastening childbirth, from Late Greek *oxutokiā, sudden delivery, from Greek ōkutokios, oxytocic : ōkus, swift; see ōku- in Indo-European roots + tokos, birth; see tek- in Indo-European roots.]


(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) accelerating childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) an oxytocic drug or agent
[C19: from Greek, from oxy-1 + tokos childbirth]


(ˌɒk sɪˈtoʊ sɪk, -ˈtɒs ɪk)
1. of or causing the stimulation of the involuntary muscle of the uterus.
2. promoting or accelerating childbirth.
3. an oxytocic substance or drug.
[1850–55; oxytoc(ia) rapid childbirth (oxy-1 + Greek -tokia (tók(os) childbirth + -ia -ia)) + -ic]


a substance or drug that induces or stimulates childbirth. — oxytocic, adj.
See also: Birth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oxytocic - a drug that induces labor by stimulating contractions of the muscles of the uterus
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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The charge says that between October 2007 and March 2010, she administered a bolus (intravenous) dose of an oxytocic (labour-inducing) drug to one or more patients at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
I was told 'the trend of foetal bradycardia associated with your practice suggested the inappropriate administration of an oxytocic drug'.
4] Furthermore, there is evidence that indigenous plants such as Agapanthus africanus and Pentanisia prunelloides, commonly used in traditional herbal remedies during pregnancy and childbirth, may have oxytocic properties.
Nutritive Daily dosage suggestions: 5-10g as infusion (bitter) 3-7ml of a 1:2 tincture in divided doses (weekly dose 20-50) Cautions: None known Cnicus Actions that may support Referred to as a galac- benedictus galactagogue effect: tagogue by Sayre (1917) (blessed Thymoleptic in his USA Pharmacognosy thistle) Anxiolytic Text, where it also Digestive bitter tonic states that the cold Diaphoretic infusion is a bitter Emmenagogue (could tonic and the hot suggest oxytocic effect) infusion a diaphoretic Daily dosage suggestions: and emetic in larger 6g dried leaves as infusion doses.
Such a synthesis may also provide an unlimited source of the oxytocic hormone for possible expansion of its use in clinical medicine, particularly in obstetrics, and in veterinary medicine, he said.
Coriander oil is used for body and face wrinkles, joint and muscular pains, and an oxytocic agent.
12) Oxytocic medicines, including oxytocin, are effective in preventing this serious complication, which affects 1-3% of all deliveries.
The sources said Kobayashi gave the woman in her 30s an intravenous drip containing an oxytocic agent -- a synthetic hormone that can induce labor -- around early 2009, telling her that it was a nutritional supplement.
In the process, a number of studies have shown its potential as an antimalarial (9, 10), anticancer (6, 11 13), antidiabetic (14-17), anti-inflammatory and antiallergy (3, 18, 19), antihypertensive and smooth muscle relaxant (7, 8), antimicrobial/antiviral (including herpes) (20, 21), antipyretic (6), oxytocic (22), and nutritive (4, 5, 23).
The conclusion of the study is that "Membrane sweeping at initiation of labor induction increased the spontaneous vaginal delivery rate, reduced oxytocic drug use, shortened induction to delivery interval, and improved patient satisfaction.
Ergot alkaloid preparations are contraindicated in pregnancy because of dose-related developmental toxicity and oxytocic properties.