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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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Oxytocic drug was administered by the assistant immediately after delivery of the baby--Syntocinon, Methergine and misoprostol to 50 mothers of group A, B and C respectively.
Instead of repeating syntocinon and other oxytocics B-lynch application can be considered as it will bypass the hemodynamic effects of repeated doses of oxytocic drugs in these high risk patients, but its role in prophylaxis is still not clear10.
Most Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) hospitals and district hospitals in the public sector provide emergency obstetric care (EmOC), which includes the administration of parenteral antibiotics, oxytocic drugs and anticonvulsants, as well as manual removal of the placenta, the removal of retained products, assisted vaginal delivery, surgery (cesarean sections) and blood transfusions.
Once the uterus is replaced, administer oxytocic agents and check the patient frequently for the next 4-6 hours because of the increased risk for another uterine inversion, he advised.
This can be a choice of oxytocic in developing countries like ours, where storage facilities and resources are limited.
Although the cardiovascular effects of oxytocin may have complicated the haemodynamic picture, at the time there was no evidence of hypotension and the decision was made to administer the oxytocic.
Diphenhydramine also interacts with temazepam (Restoril), and has oxytocic properties when administered intravenously near term.
Firstly, uterine sensitivity to oxytocic agents appear to be less.
One group received 600mcg sublingual misoprostol (Parke-Davis) combined with standard oxytocic treatment and the other group received intramyometrial PGF2a (Prostin F2alpha, Dinoprost- Parke-Davis) combined with standard oxytocic for treatment of primary PPH.
Post-partum blood loss is greater with precipitate labour and oxytocin--and prostaglandininduced labours, unless an oxytocic agent is continued after delivery.
Why misoprostol might increase the incidence of uterine rupture in comparison with other oxytocic agents is unknown, but Dr.
Prostaglandins have a direct oxytocic effect as well as a direct action on ripening of the cervix.