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to·col·o·gyalso to·kol·o·gy (tō-kŏl′ə-jē)
The science of childbirth; midwifery or obstetrics.
(Medicine) the branch of medicine concerned with childbirth; obstetrics
[C19: from Greek tokos childbirth, from tiktein to bear]
the science of obstetrics or midwifery. — tocologist, tokologist, n. — tocological, tokological, adj.See also: Birth
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|Noun||1.||tocology - the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother|
induction of labor - (obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac
presentation - (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal; "Cesarean sections are sometimes the result of abnormal presentations"
incompetent cervix - (obstetrics) uterine cervix that becomes dilated before term and without labor often resulting in miscarriage or premature birth
perinatology - the branch of obstetrics concerned with the anatomy and physiology and diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the mother and the fetus or newborn baby during late pregnancy and childbirth and the puerperium
nullipara - (obstetrics) a woman who has never give birth to a child
quadripara - (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of four pregnancies
quintipara - (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of five pregnancies