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(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) hastening labour or abortion
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) a drug or agent that hastens labour or abortion
[C18: from Greek ekbolē a throwing out, from ekballein to throw out, from ballein to throw]


(ɛkˈbɒl ɪk)

1. promoting birth or abortion by increasing uterine contractions.
2. a drug that promotes birth or abortion.
[1745–55; < Greek ekbol(ḗ) expulsion (n. derivative of ekbállein to throw out, miscarry, abort =ek- ec- + bállein to throw) + -ic]
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The plant parts are also used as sedative, abortifacient, anti-infertility, ecbolic, purgative, and tonic after child birth.
Herbal ecbolic (Hormotone (b)) 450 ml was administered orally after delivery for prevention of retention of placenta.
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4 Ecbolic (helping to increase uterine contractions and so facilitate delivery), irregular menstruation, wound, appetizer, blood dysentery.
Intramuscular oxytocin is a reasonable choice as a prophylactic ecbolic for the third stage [of labor] following second-trimester medical pregnancy termination," Dr.