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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.]
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(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) accelerating childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) an oxytocic drug or agent
[C19: from Greek, from oxy-1 + tokos childbirth]
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(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]
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a substance or drug that induces or stimulates childbirth. — oxytocic, adj.
See also: Birth
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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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Summary: The post-partum haemorrhage segment was estimated to account for more than 75% market share of the global Oxytocic Pharmaceuticals Market by the end of 2016 and is expected to gain more than 200 BPS in its market share by 2026.
It is contraindicated, especially near term (it has oxytocic properties), and the animal data suggest risk of IUGR.
Lack of training and storing facility for oxytocic agents, non-availability of trained birth attendants for administration of parenteral uterotonic agents and non-availability of blood transfusion facility in rural areas further worsens the consequences of post-partum hemorrhage15.
(ii) Labor intervention--when progress of labor is intervened with oxytocic drugs or instrumental delivery is applied to shorten duration the labor.
Immediate umbilical cord clamping (IUCC) is part of active management of the third stage of labor (1), which includes application of oxytocic drugs, early clamping and division of the umbilical cord, umbilical cord traction and abdominal pressure for delivering the placenta (6) after awaiting the signs of placenta separation (7).
Uterotonic or oxytocic drugs are used to manage dysfunctional labour and new drugs for dysfunctional labour still remain largely unsearched.
Medical professionals from around the world will continue to recommend synthetic-based oxytocic pharmaceuticals over natural since oxytocic pharmaceuticals originating from synthetic sources can boost the momentum of decelerated labour by IV administration.
Plants possess a number of biological and pharmacological activities including anticancer, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, oxytocic, laxative, antispasmodic, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial functions.
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