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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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ox•y•to•cic(ˌɒk sɪˈtoʊ sɪk, -ˈtɒs ɪk)
1. of or causing the stimulation of the involuntary muscle of the uterus.
2. promoting or accelerating childbirth.n.
3. an oxytocic substance or drug.
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a substance or drug that induces or stimulates childbirth. — oxytocic, adj.See also: Birth
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